The CRT statement comes days before a Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting on Thursday at which it will review its decision to grant a California state coastal development permit for infrastructure improvements at the terminal needed before new equipment is tested and eventually installed.
In a 3-2 vote, the harbor commissioners on June 20 denied the ILWU appeal. Then on June 28 the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to veto the harbor commissioners’ decision and sent the it back to the commission to reconsider.
The coalition’s members include the Retail Industry Leaders Association as well as individual retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Big Lots, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Target; manufacturers such as HP and Profit Tools; transportation and logistics companies such as BNSF Railway, Evans Delivery, GSC Logistics, NFI, RoadOne, Total Transportation Services and TOTE; and the Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and South Carolina State Ports Authority.
The coalition said it “urges the City Council of Los Angeles to reconsider their decision to deny the required permits and to support the full implementation of APMT’s plan for electric cargo-handling equipment. The air quality benefits are obvious and the opportunity to reduce GHG emissions and harmful air pollutants cannot be allowed to be lost.”
Meanwhile, an effort to require a review of port automation projects by California’s State Lands Commission has been introduced in the California Legislature by Assemblyman Mike Gipson.
They said it would “override freight and port industry efforts to reduce emissions through new technologies and cargo-handling equipment, impede efforts to increase efficiency and remain competitive with other ports in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, regain market share lost to other ports, as well as increase jobs that go with that market share growth.”
The railroads also said the bill will “add a political decisionmaking layer to an already long approval process for automation projects at the ports; pick winners and losers depending on which terminals are allowed to automate, creating a competitive advantage for automated terminals over nonautomated terminals; and make future port collective bargaining agreements unreliable at best since the process in this bill bypasses those agreements.”