Port of Long Beach dockers union protests plans to automate Pier T

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The dockers union at the Port of Long Beach has sounded a warning at news of Total Terminals International’s (TTI) plan to automate its 385-acre Pier T, reports IHS Media. The union opposes the project on the grounds it will eliminate jobs, but employers say automation is needed to keep the port competitive. TTI would become the fourth automated terminal in southern California. Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) and TraPac in Los Angeles are fully automated, meaning all cargo-handling functions in the container yards – but not ship-to-shore cranes – are conducted with driverless equipment.

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