Date: Jun 26, 2014
Potential West Coast Port Strike

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing about 20,000 longshoremen at 29 west coast ports, excluding Canada, are negotiating with the Pacific Maritime Association for a new contract.  The current six year contract expires on June 30, 2014.  Although both sides claim a commitment to negotiate until a deal is reached, concern remains about a strike disrupting shipments.  Should a lockout ensue, as happened in 2002 lasting 10-days, shippers will have to find alternative ports in the Gulf, east coast, or possibly Canada.

WG Staff Contact

Ken Gilliland
Director, International Trade & Transportation

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