Reports: Dockworkers Potential to Strike Across 29 West Coast Ports Questioned
LOS ANGELES, CA - It’s no secret that the supply chain has been severely impacted for over a year. With concerns mounting from consumers, retailers, and suppliers, the latest challenge is a potential strike from dockworkers. New contract negotiations have been ongoing for more than 22,000 union workers employed at 29 ports along the West Coast, and there is a prospect of a confrontation between dockworkers and their employers.
Traffic jams are still a concern, as many suppliers and retailers rely on the transportation networks along the coasts to meet demands, whether for fresh produce or other industries. Reportedly, the contract for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expires at the end of June.
As first reported by The New York Times, a labor impasse could worsen the floating traffic jams that have kept dozens of ships waiting in the Pacific before they can pull up to the docks. This could aggravate shortages and send already high prices for consumer goods soaring.
Willie Adams, ILWU International President, offered his hopes for upcoming negotiations and is optimistic for a positive outcome.
“We’re optimistic about negotiations and looking forward to sitting down with the employers in May. The union and the employers sat down early on in the pandemic and negotiated pandemic protocols that allowed the cargo to keep moving,” Adams contributed to ANUK. “We are proud of the ILWU’s record-breaking results in the most difficult of times, and we believe we will get a fair agreement that protects the safety and well-being of these incredible workers.”
While dockworkers have worked to move unprecedented volumes of cargo during the pandemic, many ports increased cargo rates. Before the year started, President Biden and Vice President Harris revealed an action plan to help clear ports and waterways. The source further noted President Biden’s plan to crack down and alleviate inflation.
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