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West Coast Dockworkers, Ports Hope to Avert Upset in Labor Talks

  • Employers, union optimistic of no disruptions, PMA head says
  • Contract talks in 2014 saw nine months of slowdowns at ports
Operations At Port Of Los Angeles As Shipments Fall
Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

The organization representing employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports is hopeful that labor-contract negotiations with dockworkers next year will avoid a repeat of the slowdowns caused by disagreements during the 2014 talks. 

“Both sides are cautiously optimistic that we’re gonna get through this without further disruptions,” Pacific Maritime Association President James McKenna said in an interview with David Westin on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Balance of Power’ show Friday.