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Union says lack of manpower will be issue at U.S. west coast ports

VANCOUVER, BC -- Union leaders at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are saying West Coast ports a frequent...


VANCOUVER, BC — Union leaders at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are saying West Coast ports a frequent source of delay for truckers — will not be able to handle cargo in a timely manner unless more workers are hired.

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) says the ports are under pressure from increasing trade flows and may require as many as 10,000 new workers, according to an Associated Press report, because of the ever bigger vessels coming mainly from Asia. In addition, workers are needed to transport goods from wharves to trains and trucks.

The US government, ports, union and manufacturers are currently in discussion about how to handle the situation, says the report.


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