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AAFA and FDRA Want Extension of West Coast Ports Labor Deal

Retailers and manufacturers still stinging from the nine months of slowed activity at 29 West Coast ports that ended last February have called on dockworkers and their employers to start discussing a contract extension now.

“Agreeing early to a long-term contract will provide the stability and predictability our collective members need, while protecting against any self-inflicted harm to the broader U.S. economy. Maintaining arbitration procedures during negotiations will also give a measure of certainty to the cargo interests who are ultimately the ports’ customers,” said a letter sent Tuesday to Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Chairman and CEO James McKenna on behalf of a multi-industry group that included the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FRDA).

Read more at Sourcing Journal.