Dear Valued Customer,
A strike or work slowdown at West Coast ports won’t be a possible scenario. That’s the word from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group, which are negotiating a new contract for ILWU West Coast port workers.
The two sides issued a joint statement on 6/14 saying while talks are likely to last beyond their contract’s expiration on July 1, cargo operations would continue. “Neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout.” said ILWU and PMA, reassuring shippers fearing disruption in the supply chain if the contracts expire without an agreement. Even though the two sides don't expect to reach a new deal before next month, they're ready and willing to keep working under terms of the existing contract. On the other hand, they also mentioned that they had met with President Joe Biden during his visit to the Port of Los Angeles on 6/10, California and discussed their commitment to reach a deal.
There is still a significant amount of uncertainty with the lockdowns in China and the ongoing labor negotiations. We will keep monitoring the issue and keep everyone posted of any update. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices or your sales representatives.
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