U.S. West Coast Port Disruptions: Largest Terminal Closed as Dockworkers Demand Better Pay

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The largest terminal at the Port of Long Beach closed today (Monday), caused by dock workers rallying for better pay. Similar disruptions happened at the Port of Oakland on Friday. However, all terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Oakland remain open today.

Over 22,000 dockworkers across ports from California to Washington have been working without a contract since July. Although contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are in the final stage, frustrations are growing because the two sides are far apart on pay.

Major retailers and manufacturers are urging the White House to get involved in labor negotiations at West Coast ports due to concerns about potential disruptions in shipping during important holiday shopping seasons.

The Port of Long Beach’s Total Terminals International LLC (TTI) canceled daytime appointments today (Monday), but port representatives said the port planned to reopen for the evening shift.

The situation highlights the ongoing labor dispute and the potential impact it could have on the flow of goods through these crucial West Coast ports.

1. US West Coast port workers shut some terminals in showdown over pay, Reuters, June 2, 2023. Accessed June 5, 2023.
2. Retailers, manufacturers urge White House to mediate in West Coast ports labor dispute, Reuters, June 5, 2023. Accessed June 5, 2023.