Talks are resuming between the Office Clerical Unit (OCU) of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 and the Harbor Employers' Association, even as many terminals at both ports remain shut down.
Labor negotiations between the OCU and the Harbor Employers' Association reportedly broke down on Tuesday, November 20, more than two years after the OCU's contract expired. Additional reports suggest that ILWU workers are refusing to cross the picket lines.
While we cannot anticipate the length of the shutdown, we understand this is vital information for your business planning and will make every effort to get your shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible.
Should ocean vessel operators choose to reroute shipments to other ports, we will notify you immediately and work to swiftly manage movement of these goods to their ultimate destinations. In the event of a prolonged strike, your UPS representative can work with you to reroute unshipped goods to alternative ports or ship via air freight.