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174 Trade Associations Urge Settlement in West Coast Port Talks

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Washington—A coalition of 174 local, state and federal trade associations joined together to send the leaders of International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association today, urging the two sides to renew their commitment to completing their contract negotiations, which are now being overseen by federal mediators. The multi-industry/multi-stakeholder …

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Supply Chain Stakeholders Call on President to Engage in West Coast Ports Contract Dispute

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Washington—Pressure is stepping up on the Obama administration to get involved in the West Cost port labor contract. Today more than 160 national, state and local trade associations and organizations – representing the interests of the global supply chain and local communities–wrote to President Obama to urge the administration’s immediate …

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Holiday Imports Wrapping Up as West Coast Port Issues Continue

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Washington–With most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and …

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Retailers Call on Port Parties to Remain at Negotiating Table

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Washington—With reports that on reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are taking a break from contract negotiations, retailers are more worried than ever about shipments they expect for fourth quarter and beyond. The National Retail Federation issued FRiday the following statement from President/CEO Matthew …

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Growing List of Shareholders Urge Action on Agreement for West Coast Ports

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Washington—Retailers are getting restless. It’s all about the continuing negotiations over a new labor agreement to resolve the congestion issues that affect West Coast ports. Since the Western ports account for the majority of import cargo, retailers are concerned that the talks linger on. Meanwhile container traffic up as concern …