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Labor Update: What Now and What's Ahead

Tuesday, 28 February

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm (PST) / 28/feb/2023 11:15 pm - 01/mar/2023 12:00 am
Along with severe port and inland congestion, longshore labor has dominated the industry’s agenda over the past year as negotiations got under way between West Coast employers and dockworkers. Significant volumes were diverted to ports on the East and Gulf coasts and in Canada to avoid negotiations that have a history of disruption going back to the 1990s. As of early October, five months into negotiations that began on May 10, concern was growing about the pace and direction of the talks despite active involvement by the Biden administration to achieve a deal before the midterm elections. Growing instances of locally initiated disruption at ports in the Pacific Northwest, Oakland, and Southern California were occurring amid the inability of negotiators to address core union grievances such as support in jurisdictional disputes with other unions. This session will assess the status of these negotiations as well as parallel developments on the East Coast, and point to implications for the future.
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