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West Coast Port Strike Update

A coalition forty-one associations representing US manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers wrote President Obama and the Congress requesting federal intervention to reopen the nation’s busiest seaport complex. The Coalition urged the President “to take immediate action and use whatever means necessary, including Taft-Hartley, to get labor back to work in the nation’s largest port” as the strike enters its seventh day. After breaking off talks on November 20, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (“OCU”) began setting up picket lines on November 27 at 10 of the 14 Los Angeles/Long Beach marine terminals.   Longshoremen have respected their picket lines, effectively shutting down many of the terminals at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach. On December 1st, the harbor employers offered the approximately 600 striking OCU members new proposals in an effort to end the impasse and get cargo moving once again.  The harbor employers’ proposals contained further concessions in connection with the OCU’s “featherbedding” demands — the requirements that employers call in temporary workers and hire new employees even if there is no work for those individuals to perform.  The OCU immediately rejected the proposals.

MIQ Logistics Comment

MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor the situation and update you with additional information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact your MIQ Logistics representative.