WASHINGTON — The United States Maritime Alliance, or USMX, andthe International Longshoremen’s Association resumed talks Wednesday inan effort to reach a contract deal and prevent an end-of-year portstrike stretching from Maine to Texas.
George Cohen, director ofthe Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, said Monday that bothsides had agreed to return to the bargaining table at his urgingfollowing the breakdown of talks on Dec. 18 over the issue of containerroyalties, a supplemental, per-unit fee that has been in ILA contractssince the Sixties as a balance to automation. The ILA noted last weekthat USMX wants to place a cap on the amount of money that is paid toILA members through various container royalty funds annually. ContainerRoyalty is collected by the amount of tons of containerized cargo ILAmembers handle. A total of $4.85 is collected on each ton ofcontainerized cargo handled and is distributed to ILA workers as part ofa wage supplement and to the ILA members’ health-care fund.
Following the breakdown of talks, the ILA issued strike preparations for a Dec. 29 work stoppage.
OnDec. 10, ILA Wage Scale delegates rejected the USMX proposal for aMaster Contract and voted to authorize a strike when the currentextension expires. When the talks broke down last week, the USMX,representing ocean carriers and port operators, released an analysis of apotential strike at East and Gulf Coast ports, which handle about 20percent of the fashion industry’s shipments. In 2011, the 14 portshandled more than 110 million tons of import and export cargo.
“Ashutdown would wreak havoc on manufacturers, retailers, farmers andothers who depend on the ports to move their supplies and products,” theUSMX said, pointing to the country’s top importers, Wal-Mart StoresInc., Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc., and top exporters such asWeyerhaeuser, DuPont and Cargill.
“Not only would any disruptionhave serious consequences for the nation’s still-recovering economy, butit would also jeopardize the financial well-being of the ILA’s 14,500members, who would lose nearly $5 million in wages and benefits for eachday they’re out of work, or a total of $150 million in lostcompensation in just a month.”
According to the USMX analysis,the ILA’s 3,250 members working at the Port of New York and New Jerseywould lose $7.5 million a week in wages. A shutdown would also put atrisk 171,000 jobs directly related to New York and New Jersey portoperations and result in $100 million in lost revenue a month forrailroads, truckers and other port-related transportation industries,which handle 250,000 containers moving through the port each month, theUSMX said.
ILA workers at Hampton Roads, Va., would lose morethan $10 million in wages and benefits with a one-month port shutdown,and ILA members at the Savannah and Brunswick ports in Georgia wouldlose an estimated $2.3 million a week in wages and benefits, accordingto the analysis.
Other industries would be indirectly hurt by aport shutdown as well, according to USMX. For example, the impact of aone-month shutdown of the BMW assembly plant in South Carolina and theMercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, unable to get parts or cars in and outof nearby ports, could result in the combined temporary furlough of6,900 workers at the two plants and potentially affect more than 34,000workers across the country, resulting in the loss of an estimated $52million in federal, state and local tax revenues over a month.
“Whilethe overall impact of any East and Gulf Coast shutdown is yet to bedetermined, the 10-day lockout at West Coast ports in 2002 cost the U.S.economy an estimated $1 billion a day,” the USMX said.
Morerecently, the eight-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and LongBeach in November reportedly caused a drop of 2 percent in the volume ofcontainers compared with the same month in 2011.
The groupwarned that a work stoppage on the East and Gulf Coasts would causeshippers to divert cargo to Canada, Mexico and the West Coast.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)