Last week, negotiations ended a strike at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which had suspended operations at 10 terminals at the ports. While that issue has been resolved and its effects on the country’s economy are dissipating, industry members are advised to keep an eye on activity on the East Coast.
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) failed to make a September deadline on labor negotiations and are currently operating under an extended negotiating period. The two sides are working with a federal mediator to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. In September, the ILA had agreed to postpone a threatened labor action on the East and Gulf coasts for 90 days to continue negotiations at both the local and master contract levels. That postponement is set to end on December 29.
With many goods in the promotional products industry produced in China, Vietnam and elsewhere, strikes such as this have an impact on industry companies importing products from abroad. USMX represents shipping industry management along the East and Gulf coasts, and the ILA’s strike would halt cargo operations from Maine to Texas.