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Shipping Giants Clash on West Coast Labor Dispute as Contract Talks Drag

  • Carrier, terminal operator disagree over key bargaining issue
  • Contract talks began May 10, still no resolution in sight
The Port of Seattle in Washington. 

The Port of Seattle in Washington. 

Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

The world’s largest container carrier disagrees with another party over how to proceed on a key issue in ongoing contract talks with the union representing 22,000 dockworkers at US West Coast ports.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. filed a motion last week with the National Labor Relations Board urging SSA Marine Inc. to assign tasks at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News under a Freedom of Information Act request.