Risky business at West Coast ports

There’s still no resolution to the ongoing contract talks affecting West Coast port workers.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to escalating tension between labor and West Coast port operators. The International Longshore & Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are in the process of negotiating a new contract to replace one that expired on July 1. A work stoppage on the West Coast would disrupt the flow of goods through America’s busiest ports.

"A shutdown of America’s West Coast ports would strand cargo destined for stores and consumers across the United States affecting consumers and retailers while causing considerable harm to the economy at large. Given the enormous risk posed by a shutdown of the nation’s busiest ports, we urge all parties to quickly resolve these issues and ensure that the critical flow of commerce is not interrupted,” said RILA President Sandra Kennedy.

In a letter sent today, RILA joined 105 other associations and urged President Obama to step in to resolve a work stoppage in order to prevent the significant economic damage that will otherwise result.

Read the letter here.

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