California Ports Re-open After Strikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Truckers who pick up and drop off in California will be glad to hear the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have been re-opened.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) made the announcement this week was after a deal was struck between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

“The retail community is pleased to see a settlement of the strike. We are happy both parties came together to reach a new contract agreement,” said Matthew Shay, NRF President and CEO. “The nation’s largest port facility is now re-opened and will hopefully be able to quickly recover from the shutdown.”

Shay said the NRF will now focus its attention on the east and gulf coast ports, where federal mediators have been locked in prolonged discussions with labour and management for the past two months.

“We urge the parties to reach a final agreement before their contract extension ends at the end of December,” Shay said, pointing out that retailers, manufacturers and the rest of the business community cannot afford another shutdown.

“Our economy cannot withstand another port disruption,” he said.

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