Contingency Planning in High Gear as ILWU Talks Begin

By: Bill Mongelluzzo | May 09 2014

Trucking capacity at ports in Canada and on the East Coast will also be strained, whether it involves moving containers from the port to railheads in Canada, or moving containers from East Coast ports to warehouses in the region. Equipment must also be secured in a tight market.

Until July 1, the “no-strike” provision in the current contract prevents the ILWU from engaging in an organized, coastwide strike. Come July 1, both sides could agree to extend the contract for a period of time, thereby keeping the no-strike clause provision in effect, or they may choose to continue bargaining without a contract in place.

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