TGA Urges President to Put Guardrails around West Coast Port Labor Contract Negotiations

On June 8, TGA urged President Biden to put guardrails on the ongoing West Coast port labor contract negotiations to ensure they do not lead to a work slowdown, strike, or lockout, and to encourage any resulting agreement to increase the productivity and efficiency of the ports. The two sides returned to the negotiating table on June 1 after the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) left the negotiating table on May 20 and put negotiations towards a West Coast port labor contract on hold with no explanation. The current contract expires July 1, 2022.