Contract Negotiations Underway at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

The talks between the Pacific Maritime Association, representing employers at 29 ports along the West Coast, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents 15,600 dockworkers at those ports, started last week. The current contract expires July 1.

For shippers, the concern is that if talks bog down it could exacerbate the already fragile supply chains for companies that depend on the ports.  In 2002 the two sides signed a contract in October after a 10-day lockout that took three months to dig out from underneath.

The bargaining agreement will cover more than 15,600 dockworkers at 29 ports.

Source: LA Business Journal