Most of the container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were closed on Friday the 7th of April due to a lack of dock workers reporting for duty.

Work ground to a halt for 24 hours at four of Long Beach’s six container terminals, and at all seven facilities in Los Angeles, when not enough workers arrived at the start of the morning shift.

The port believe this was effectively a 24-hour planned work stoppage, as there is still no breakthrough in negotiations between port owners and unions in the ongoing labour contract dispute.

Tensions have continued to simmer on the west coast, after talks initially began last May and the old contract expired at the end of July. This is despite resolution seemingly being near last month when agreement was reached on some of the outstanding issues.

The US National Retail Federation have repeated their call on the US government to intervene, in hope they will assist in avoiding further disruption or even strikes. As ever, Westbound will be monitoring developments.

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