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Latest Update on the West Coast Ports Dispute

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

U.S. West Coast Contract Negotiations Update

U.S. West Coast contract negotiations could go one of two ways when the International Longshore and Warehouse Union convenes a caucus in San Francisco in the week beginning Dec. 15.

The article can be found here: http://shar.es/131TlF

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New Crisis At West Coast Ports: Contract Negotiations Have Ceased

A new crisis has emerged at 29 West Coast Ports. According to supplychain247.com, “three weeks after initiating a coordinated series of slowdowns that have mired the major West Coast ports of Tacoma, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach, the ILWU has pushed away from the bargaining table.”

The article reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has ceased contract negotiations for the next 12 days (starting today through the end of the Thanksgiving weekend).

How will this all be resolved?

Full Article: http://www.supplychain247.com/article/us_west_coast_ports_face_new_crisis_as_dockworkers_cease_contract

USPS Delivery

USPS Delivery Takes on FedEx with a 7-Day a Week Delivery During the Holiday Season

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USPS Delivery (Courtesy of Fortune.com)

The United States Postal Service is hoping to deliver more than just holiday cheer this year. The struggling delivery service is hoping delivery seven days a week, including delivery on Christmas day, will help them compete with parcel giants UPS and FedEx.

Read more about the extended USPS delivery services here at: Fortune.com. Do you think this new strategy will help USPS recover from losses for the last several years?

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