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West Coast Port Strike- Supply Chain Matters Update Two

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The ongoing labor stoppage involving the majority of operations at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has now entered its seventh day.  These combined port facilities account for upwards of 40 percent of U.S. inbound imports, and the cumulative effects of the strike have begun to cascade across some supply chains. After weekend and all-night talks failed to garner much progress, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today (Tuesday) that both striking clerical workers and port management have agreed to enter mediation.  A published Reuters report quotes a clerical union spokesperson as indicating that both sides had “made incredible progress”, crediting the mayor with helping the parties to narrow differences. Union members are demanding that jobs traditionally performed by their members remained classified as union work and subject to contract terms, even after employees holding these jobs retire. They have accused management of seeking to outsource these jobs […]