PPAI Joins Coalition Pushing For Return To Port Labor Negotiations

PPAI has joined with 75 other organizations in a letter to the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) urging a swift return to the table after negotiations on a labor contract extension broke down. The current labor contract, which covers all of the ports from Maine to Texas, expires September 2018.

The ILA and USMX have been discussing a contract extension since 2016. Talks broke down on December 6, 2017, over a dispute regarding automated terminals.

The organizations PPAI has partnered with on the letter represent manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers, and other supply chain stakeholders. In reaching out to the ILA and USMX, they note that supply chain disruptions arising out of contract negotiations are well documented and that such disruptions can have enormous economic impacts.

The letter states: “We recognize the important issues both parties must resolve during negotiations. But we believe those issues can only be resolved by negotiations. When talks are put on hold it causes great uncertainty, shifts in logistical plans and even economic damage.”

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Rapid Robert
March 7, 2018
I work in the LED lighting business as well as the Promotional Product business and I remember the last time they shut down the ports because my prime vendors had my products that had a construction time schedules sitting aboard container ships offshore at anchor because there was no place to unload them at the docks. A LOT of people lost money and it caused a nationwide disruption to hundreds of thousands of lives through lost wages, projects and product that was destroyed due to its time sensitive qualities (food product, in particular). It would be shameful to allow that to happen again, but if it does, the longshoremen may find a non-friendly President in the White House this time that wouldn't tolerate their bullying and brutish tactics. They put people's lives at risk - and it doesn't bother them to do it. Just ask the former Air Traffic Controllers what the possibilities are....
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