The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) is lauding the tentative agreement reached between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced Friday.
FDRA president said, “Our members and the industry at large rely on a complex and innovative global supply chain to deliver footwear to American consumers. Recent delays distinctly highlighted the importance of collaborative and efficient operations at our nation’s ports. We applaud both the PMA and the ILWU for working so hard to find a resolution to the negotiations and look forward to full adoption of the agreement and the immediate resumption of port operations.”
Priest added, “Over the next few weeks, we will start to see a slight reduction in congestion at the ports. However, with thousands of containers stacked up on boats and dockside, we strongly encourage the ports and longshoremen to work together to unwind the large backlog and help us get our footwear through the ports and into our warehouses as quickly as possible.”
The five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports was reached with the assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who was sent to California by the Obama administration last week to help both parties reach a resolution.
In a statement, White House press secretary said, “The President is grateful to Secretary Perez for his hard work bringing about a successful resolution to this dispute, and for the help of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh. And he calls on the parties to work together to clear out the backlogs and congestion in the West Coast Ports as they finalize their agreement.”
The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties.