Attention Members: Important Curfew Notice
For LA County, June 1 , 5:00 p.m. to June 2, 6:00 a.m.
For Long Beach, June 1, 4:00 p.m. to June 2, 5:00 a.m.
The current nationwide situation is constantly changing. As essential workers, you are not subject to the curfew when traveling to and from work in the Ports. We are attaching a letter from PMA that clarifies your essential status in the Port in case you are approached by law enforcement.
The Local 63 Officers will keep you updated. Please also pay attention to County and City alerts sent to your cell phones.
Local 63 has sent the June 2020 Bulletin to all members who have an email address on record with Local 63. The Bulletin is also posted here on the Local 63 website under “Resources” and “Bulletins.” For your convenience, we are posting here and sending out by push notification to your Local 63 app. Click on link below to read the Bulletin.
As reported by the Local 63 Officers on May 5 by email and Local 63 website post, there is a handful of ILWU members who are suing PMA with a class action lawsuit that is seeking the cooperation of ILWU members. By now, you may have received a post card from Plaintiffs’ counsel stating, “We need your help.” At the bottom of the post card, in very small print, it states that “you are under no obligation to respond.” We also understand that once the survey is taken, members will be asked to sign “under penalty of perjury.”
Today, May 27, the Coast Committee sent a Memo to the Longshore Division (click on link below to read) maintaining its position against this lawsuit by “predatory” attorneys. As stated by the Coast Committee:
“The lawsuit threatens our Dispatch Hall because it claims that ILWU members are working for and under the control of the Employers the moment they step into the Dispatch Hall, a claim that if successful would shift the hard fought ILWU control of dispatch to increased Employer control. The ILWU will fight to preserve the Dispatch Halls for the Union and not for the Employers.”
“The lawsuit also attacks Port Working Rules and other practices concerning the nature and hours of ILWU jobs. These rules have been negotiated at the Port level to benefit ILWU members and provide them with maximum flexibility in their work hours. The lawsuit is trying to impose rigid work rules that could require ILWU members to work more hours or receive less pay.”
“Additionally, the ILWU fought to ensure that TWIC cards are not a condition of employment, keeping the Employers outside of the process. The lawsuit could have unknown impacts on how TWIC is treated on the dock.”
The Local 63 Officers support the Coast Committee’s position in this matter. As stated by the Coast Committee and on the post card, you are under no obligation to assist the Plaintiffs’ attorney by way of conversations and/or participating in the attorney’s survey. Furthermore, if contacted, you have the right to tell the Plaintiffs’ attorney to stop contacting you about the lawsuit and they must comply with any such request.
Once again, please read the May 27th Coast Committee Memo (link below), which is a follow-up to its April 30th Memo on this subject. We will keep the membership updated as information becomes available.
The Local 63 Officers
The Joint Coast LRC met to discuss the issue of Industry travel restrictions, both voluntary and ordered, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee agreed to continue restrictions on travel in Southern California. Click to read CLRC 26-20 for more details.
The Joint Coast LRC has agreed to extend previously-agreed COVID-19 equipment cleaning protocols and procedures. The Committee agreed to revisit the issue and determine the next appropriate steps by June 21.
On May 8, the Joint CLRC agreed to extend restrictions on voluntary and ordered travel for an additional 15 days.
The CLRC also agreed to meet during this 15-day period to develop an implementation plan for easing the voluntary and ordered travel restrictions.
Click on link to read the Joint CLRC Minutes.
As mentioned in the May 2020 Local 63 Bulletin, pursuant to CDC and state and local guidelines, the Coast Committee has sent Local 63 1,154 face coverings for each of our members. These masks will be available for pick up at the Local 63 Records Office starting on Friday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and continuing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until further notice. These face coverings are limited to one per member.
The Local 63 Officers