The white house sent the Secretary of Labor to discuss the contract dispute that has been dragging on for 9 months. The Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez urged all parties to resolve the issue quickly. Further delay can risk tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars.
This contract dispute is truly affecting ports with the port of Oakland imports falling 39% in January. This is occurring at all U.S. West Coast Ports with production down and a breakdown in vessel schedules.