With West Coast Port Talks Gridlocked, U.S. Labor Secretary Intervenes to Press for a Deal
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Los Angeles Times] By Tiffany Hsu, Andrew Khouri, Tim Logan - February 16, 2015 -
With idled cargo ships piling up along the coastline, President Obama ordered his labor secretary to California to try to head off a costly shutdown of 29 West Coast ports.
Obama dispatched Tom Perez on Saturday to jump-start stalled labor talks between shipping companies and the dockworkers' union. The move ramps up pressure to resolve a dispute that stranded tens of thousands of containers on cargo ships over the holiday weekend.
The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports account for some 40% of the nation's incoming container cargo, with $1 billion in...
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