West Coast Port Disruptions on the Rise

Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2023): As contract talks on a new labor agreement drag on, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has called out the largest union representing workers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for initiating new strategies to disrupt the flow of commerce through the ports. After forgoing staggered meal breaks and shutting down ports at lunch and dinner, ILWU Local 13 has unilaterally delayed the standard dispatch process and taken critical cargo equipment out of service for safety reasons. Concerns over the labor situation at West Coast Ports have contributed to the diversion of cargo to East Coast and Gulf Ports. The latest union action will result in the additional diversion of cargo as negotiations continue.

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