Richard Coyle has been hard at work being an advocate for international and domestic transportation. In the past month, he has met with seven legislators and the Governor’s Office to discuss a wide range of issues affecting goods movement in California. Two of the most pressing topics discussed included the port labor dispute and infrastructure funding.
As we know and have been suffering through, the contract expired July 1, 2014. Negotiations began in May 2014 but have not been going well. The two sides agreed to federal mediation on January 5, 2015. The high hopes for the mediator being able to bring both sides to an expeditious agreement were soon dash when the both the PMA and ILWU began to issue competing press releases.
Meanwhile, terminal operations continue to suffer, vessels are delayed and skipping ports of call and cargo owners are actively pursuing alternative gateways.
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