Operators say ports will close if union doesn’t accept contract


BLOOMBERG: Twenty-nine ports along the West Coast could be affected by the decision.

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BLOOMBERG: Twenty-nine ports along the West Coast could be affected by the decision.

James McKenna, the president of the Pacific Maritime Association, said backups and delays at many of the ports are harming farmers, manufacturers and consumers as the flow of goods approaches a “coast-wide meltdown.” He called on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to accept management’s second formal contract proposal since negotiations began last May.

“We’re not considering a lockout,” McKenna said on a conference call with reporters, his first public comments since the talks began. “What I’m really saying is that this system will bring it to a stop. Once that happens, we really don’t have a choice.”

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