Union Holds U.S. Ports Hostage

By Russ Pohl, Openmarket.org

On December 4, 2012, representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 (ILWU) agreed to a new labor contract with port operators associated with the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association.

The deal ends an eight-day strike that began when the port’s clerical workers walked off the job after complaining that they had been working for the last two years without a labor contract. As a result of walkout, 10,000 dockworkers refused go to work, effectively shutting down 10 port terminals and halting trade into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“I am pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between labor and management that will bring to an end the eight-day strike that has cost our local economy billions of dollars,” L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement.


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