And when there is less freight, there is less work for truckers, not just dockers. But Mario Cordero, the general manager of the Port of Long Beach, said in a phone interview Friday that automation is becoming more common in navigation. Long Beach already has automation on a terminal. But that statement said in part that the deal “will help workers prepare for the port jobs of the future.” But APM`s attempts to do the same have been foiled several times by the union since the beginning of the year. This is despite the fact that, as part of the 2008 agreement when the current agreement expires in 2022, ports and terminals will have paid about $800 million in additional payments to the union. Although the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) agreed months ago on contractual terms and ratified the agreement in May, the effects of their long and stressful negotiation process continue to haunt West Coast ports. It is understandable that the ILWU was fighting anything that could lead to the loss of union jobs. However, these modernization/automation upgrades are important to keep port terminals competitive and meet the environmental requirements imposed on them. “We`ll see,” he continued, “if automation increases productivity.” In a letter to city council, APM Terminals “has the undisputed right of its lease agreement and collective agreement to introduce automated technologies of this type and does not require authorization or other authorization from ports, cities or states.” But as the recent clashes in L.A. have shown. .