(February 2, 2015: International Trade Today)
Despite the recent federal intervention, the California apparel industry continues to suffer from the months-long labor negotiation impasse at West Coast ports, The two sides have battled over the terms of a new contract since the last one expired at the end of June 2014.
The ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have reportedly made progress on chassis maintenance and repair, but lawmakers say the threat of port shutdowns looms. Federal mediators joined the negotiations at the beginning of January..
Lawmakers involved said, “We are becoming increasingly concerned the negotiations are not progressing and a shutdown is possible, which our trade-dependent communities, and nation cannot withstand. Moreover, even if a resolution is reached quickly, our constituents will endure months of attempting to clear the backlog at the ports and some business may never be recovered.”