Labor Update

November 21, 2012
By Michelle Kelley

Client Alert

Labor contract talks are big news on both coasts this week. Here’s a recap of recent events.

U.S. East Coast Ports
* negotiations continue between ILA union and employers with help of federal mediators
* talks take a negative turn this week according to public statements made by both sides
USMX: USMX Urges ILA to Engage in ‘Serious’ Negotiations
ILA: ILA President Critical of USMX Negotiation Tactics

Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach
* contract talks halted between union clerical workers and employers
* previous contract expired in July 2010
* decision to picket could mean a portwide shutdown
Press Telegram: Ports at impasse with clerical workers union