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Labor Deal at West Coast Ports Comes Into View

By May 25, 2023No Comments

Shipping industry officials say they may be weeks away from multiyear contract covering dockworkers from California to Washington state.

Contract talks between unionized longshore workers and employers at West Coast ports appear to be headed into their final stretch following agreements on several major issues, potentially clearing the uncertainty that has been hanging over U.S. importers heading into their crucial fall selling season.

Some shipping officials familiar with the talks hope a tentative agreement could be reached by June, ending a contentious period in port labor relations that prompted some of the country’s biggest retailers and manufacturers to shift goods away from the region to avoid possible disruptions.