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West Coast dockworkers, shippers agree to tentative contract (02/23/2015)

Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. News coverage of the tentative settlement in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Saturday included comments from the Midwest Shippers Association’s executive director. Following are excerpts of the coverage.

Long recovery ahead for West Coast ports in aftermath of settlement - JOC (02/23/2015)

The tentative coastwide contract agreement that was reached Friday evening (February 20) by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, while most welcome, is just the beginning of a long process West Coast ports must endure to recover from the backlog of containers and vessels that have overwhelmed their operations the past four months, and to restore trust among shippers, according to the Journal of Commerce.

CN Rail, union talks resume; lockout had been set for today (02/23/2015)

TORONTO — Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks today, Monday, February 23, just hours before a deadline that was set by CN to lock out the workers.

Soybean farmer study examines impact of heavier semis (02/23/2015)

ANKENY, IOWA— The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) is disseminating the results of a research project, “Heavier Semis: A Good Idea?” – a study analyzing the likely results of expanding semi weight limits over the federal highway system.

AFIA updates its Safe Feed/Safe Food program (02/23/2015)

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association said on Feb. 13 that it has updated its FSC36 Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program to support the new requirements outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act as well as help drive continuous improvement within a location's quality and feed safety program

Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway shipping scheduled to reopen March 27 (02/23/2015)

Spring may seem a long way off, but the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shipping system, including the Welland Canal has set March 27 as the opening date for its navigation season, one day earlier than a year ago, according to U.S. and Canadian authorities.

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