West Coast Ports Temporarily Shut Down During Labor Negotiations

Expired contract leads to labor interruptions in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a representative for West Coast port workers, announced last week that thousands of their workers will be withholding their labor from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“The action by the union has effectively shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” the PMA stated. The workers returned to their posts on Saturday morning, and operations have resumed as normal since then.

Workers at the two ports have worked without a formal labor contract since July 1, 2022, and strained negotiations between the unions and the ports are still ongoing. Members of President Biden’s administration are continuing to attend negotiation meetings to help the groups secure a deal in the near future.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the Department of Labor as they endeavor to facilitate a labor agreement with the union.
  • For union workers who are working without a labor contract.
  • For the heads of the labor union as they negotiate the new contract.

Sources: Reuters, Freight Waves


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