The terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were closed as workers did not show up for their shifts

Beginning with the Thursday evening shift, an insufficient number of dockers turned up to work in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to conduct operations. Those workers who went to work were sent home.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents workers, said in a statement that “several thousand union members attend the monthly (members) meeting” held on Thursday evening.

The union also said workers who missed their shift on Friday celebrated Good Friday.

Communications from the union did not relate to labor measures; Rather, the statement indicated that “Dockers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (ports) are still hard at work and remain committed to moving the nation’s cargo.”

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents dockworker employers on the US West Coast, said the union coordinated action against ports to hold back workers and “effectively closed the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.”

On Friday, Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said in a statement that four of the port’s container terminals were closed. “We have no further information on the situation, but normal regularly scheduled hours and operations are expected to resume tomorrow,” he said.

In its statement, the Port of Los Angeles said it was working with stakeholders to “support a return to normal operations in San Pedro Bay.”

The last joint statement by the ILWU and PMA was issued in February. The two groups said at the time they remained “hopeful of an early agreement” in their wage negotiations, which have been ongoing since May 2022. on 1st of July.

The PMA said: “These measures are eroding confidence in West Coast ports and threaten to further accelerate the diversion of selectable cargo to ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. The health of Southern California and the state economy depends on the ability of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to contain this market share erosion.”

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