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Groups Urge Administration to Weigh in on Shipping Port Labor Talks
USAgNet - 07/05/2022

More than 150 agriculture and business groups are urging the Biden administration to get the two sides in labor talks on West Coast shipping operations to extend their current contract while a new agreement is finalized.

The contract between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents port operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents dock workers, expires July 1.

In a letter to President Biden, the groups also suggested the administration work with the PMA and ILWU to get them to remain at the negotiating table, negotiate in good faith until a new contract is reached and agree not to engage in any activity, such as a strike or lockout, that disrupts port operations.

The agriculture and business organizations want to avoid disruptions such as those that occurred in late 2014 into early 2015 at West Coast ports. Work slowdowns then cost the U.S. meat industry millions of dollars in lost export sales.

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