International Longshore And Warehouse Union
The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract.
Representatives of the dockworkers’ union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve a tentative agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez negotiated for a five-year deal, union officials were quoted as saying.
President Obama is set to send United States Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California in an attempt to address the slowdown of ports on the West Coast.
Increased congestion is expected this Presidents Day weekend at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, harbor officials said Friday.
Ships were idle at 29 ports along the west coast on Saturday, including Long Beach and San Pedro, after negotiations between the union and the association representing shipping companies hit a standstill Friday night.
The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports will partially shut down this weekend to suspend vessel loading and unloading activities at West Coast ports.
The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach urged dockworkers and their employers Thursday to resolve labor disputes that have dragged on since last July.
A federal mediator is stepping in to help negotiate contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and shipping companies.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that a tentative agreement was reached Tuesday night to end the crippling 8-day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The clerical worker strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its seventh day Monday.
Contract talks between striking clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and shippers adjourned Saturday night.
A strike at the port of Los Angeles’ busiest terminal spread to six other terminals and the port of Long Beach Wednesday.