Union dockworkers at U.S. West Coast shipping ports failed to reach a labour agreement with cargo carriers and terminal operators on Friday, but both sides committed that “normal operations will continue at the ports,” according to a joint statement.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union’s existing contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which covers more than 22,000 workers at 29 ports, expired at 5 p.m. The two groups pledged that “cargo will keep moving” until an agreement is reached.
“Both sides understand the strategic importance of the ports to the local, regional and U.S. economies, and are mindful of the need to finalize a new coast-wide contract as soon as possible to ensure continuing confidence in the West Coast,” according to the statement.
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