Pressure Grows on Dockworkers, Port Employers to Extend Contract

The 2014 and 2015 port slowdown hurt retailers unable to stock shelves and manufacturers who couldn’t fulfill orders.

Long Beach Press Telegram
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Pressure is mounting on the dockworkers union and employers at U.S. ports to finish early contract negotiations, and avoid a repeat of last year, when an impasse crippled West Coast cargo movement.

The heads of the Pacific Maritime Association, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, however, showed no sign of coming closer to an agreement. The two sides met Tuesday in San Francisco for what was scheduled as a two-day discussion, but the second day was postponed, according to a joint statement.

Neither group would comment further on why the negotiations were cut short.

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