Port of Oakland
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The labor dispute between shipping companies and dockworkers that caused a backlog at 29 West Coast ports, including the Port of Oakland, for much of the past year could be nearing an end.
The Port of Oakland’s slow recovery after a massive West Coast labor-dispute is no consolation to local citrus growers, whose exports to Asia could become almost worthless.
Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.
‘Final Contract Offer’ Made In West Coast Port Disruptions; Labor Secretary Tries To Broker Settlement
Contract talks continue between labor union and employers as cargo remains stuck at West Coast ports and a federal mediator has intervened to broker a settlement to get cargo moving freely.
The Port of Oakland was just one of 29 West Coast ports affected by a massive three-day labor slowdown, but as of Tuesday operations resumed amid a contract dispute.
The nation’s top labor official was scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area Monday to sit down with both sides of the contentious west coast port dispute sometime tomorrow.
Many businesses are reeling and now, the President plans to send Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to California to encourage both sides of the bargaining table to strike a deal.
Getting San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam beer to overseas markets is getting harder, and Europeans who prefer the hoppy Northern California ales may find the West Coast ports labor dispute literally sobering.
Operations at West Coast ports, including Oakland, are expected to resume Monday morning after a weekend shutdown that was the latest turn in an on-going labor dispute.