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U.S. West Coast Update: Contract Negotiations Resume as Drayage Truckers Agree to "Cooling-Off Period"

According to several media outlets, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) resumed contract talks on July 11, after announcing a 72-hour hiatus while the ILWU attended to an unrelated matter in the Pacific Northwest. The negotiations resumed amidst a drayage truckers strike, backed by the Teamsters, that threatened to disrupt operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

However, picketing by the truckers has since ended after the sides agree to a "cooling-off period," brokered by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In a formal statement quoted by the Los Angeles Times, the mayor stated that the city persuaded both parties to allow the Los Angeles' harbor commission time to properly investigate the "serious allegations regarding worker safety, poor working conditions and unfair labor practices." According to Barb Maynard, a spokesperson for the Teamsters, the drivers will retune to their regular work shifts on July 14.

SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers informed of the latest developments. If you have any questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.