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L.A. Harbor Commission Reinstates Permit Advancing Port Automation

Dockworkers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) protested an automation plan at the Port of L.A. that the union says threatens good jobs and would be catastrophic to the community.
Dockworkers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) protested an automation plan at the Port of L.A. that the union says threatens good jobs and would be catastrophic to the community.

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After a heated meeting that went on for nearly five hours, the L.A. Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to let stand a permit that will make it easier for increased automation at the Port of LA’s biggest terminal.

In June the LA City Council overruled a permit approved by the port commission allowing the terminal operator to install infrastructure to support driverless vehicles. The council vote sent the permit back to the port commission for further consideration -- and the board reinstated its approval.  

Hundreds of dockworkers attended the vote and reiterated what they’ve been telling port commissioners for months - that automation will threaten thousands of good jobs.