West Coast dock strike feared

 KNX News Radio in Los Angeles reported that the Longshoremen have promised to honor the clerical workers picket lines, which could shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Both the union and the seventeen shipping companies doing business at the ports have proposed their last, best and final offer. But the offers were not good enough. John Fageaux of  the International Longshore and Warehouse Union described the next step in their negotiations, “we’re going to get together with our group and we’re going to determine when and where the pickets are going to go up.” The last contract died a month ago, full time workers earned $78,000 a year. The union wants their wages increased to $53 an hour by the end of the next contract.

By Professional Mariner Staff