The latest update on the West Coast Ports Dispute from Manufacturing Economy Daily:
According to the publication, the National Association of Manfucturers (NAM) and other business entities are “putting pressure on the White House to step in and resolve a labor dispute at West Coast ports that they say is disrupting shipments for the holiday shopping season.”
The publication states that members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have purportedly been without a contract since July 1 as talks with the Pacific Maritime Association continue. Politico notes that the National Labor Relations Board hasn’t charged the ILWU with an “illegal slowdown” but said the “work-to-rule” provision at the ports means such an allegation would be difficult to establish. NAM “thinks that shouldn’t matter,” with Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Robyn Boerstling saying, “The congestion and the slowdown is real.” Ms. Boerstling added that shipments that used to take two or three days to leave the port now require six to seven days.
Source: Manufacturing Economy Daily