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Martin Murray

Strike At Ports Costs $1 Billion a Day

By December 4, 2012

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LA Port Strike A walkout by clerical employees at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has now been going for a week and according to some reports it is costing the ports an estimated $1 billion of cargo a day. Some 800 workers went on strike on November 27th due a contract dispute. Other port workers refused to cross picket lines and this has led to the shutdown of seven of the eight port terminals.

So far the workers union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the port authorities have not agreed on a settlement and have not agreed on a mediator to assist in the on-going dispute. The dispute has left fifteen ships are sitting at piers waiting to be unloaded while eleven more are waiting offshore. There are reports of other vessels deciding to move their destination to other ports along the West Coast to avoid the industrial action.

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