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Labor Tensions Rise in Stalled West Coast Port Contract Talks

By March 22, 2023No Comments

Employers blame dockworkers for cargo delays at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports as coastwide negotiations move into their 10th month.

Tensions in long-running contract talks at West Coast ports are worsening, with employers accusing unionized dockworkers of slowing cargo handling at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s busiest gateway for imported consumer goods.

The sharp rhetoric marks a shift from a longstanding agreement to maintain public silence on issues around the negotiations, which began last spring. The two sides appear to be no closer to bridging the gap on their disagreements, pointing to the possibility of deeper disruptions to U.S. trade flows.