PMA releases study on automation

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This week Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) released its study on “Terminal Automation in Southern California: Implications for Growth, Jobs, and the Future Competitiveness of West Coast Ports.” The timing of the release ahead of contract negotiations between dockworkers and employers on the US west coast scheduled to start on May 12th has been criticized by the ILWU.  The study finds that container throughput per acre at the two automated terminals of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex was 44% higher than at the 11 non-automated box facilities at the twin ports. Furthermore, the report finds that automation increased ILWU jobs and work opportunities and that paid hours grew more than twice the level at the non-automated terminals and that the overall workforce at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports grew more than at the other 27 West Coast ports.

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