The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has introduced a proposal to permit the use of agricultural tractors with Personnel Transport Carriers (PTCs) in level field row crop and irrigation operations.
The West Coast port slowdown is all but over after a tentative deal was struck late last week between the ILWU and PMA; however, fresh produce exporters and domestic shippers may not be out of the woods yet. A massive port backlog is estimated to take as much as 12 weeks or longer to clear.
President Obama has dispatched his labor secretary to engage in talks with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in order to try to bring an end to the months-long contract dispute between both parties.
Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued a statement today calling on President Obama to intervene in the negotiations to bring about a prompt resolution of the ongoing dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers.