Last Friday, June 2nd, various terminals along the West Coast (Los Angeles, Long Bach, Oakland, Tacoma, Seattle) were shut down due to labor action from the ILWU (Internation Longshore and Warehouse Union). At the port of Oakland, longshoremen did not show up for work. As of noon today, Monday, June 5th, the port of Oakland appears to be operating again. However, one of the largest terminals in Long Beach, TTI Terminal was closed again today.
At the center of the labor action is the ongoing contract negotiations between the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) and the ILWU. The previous contract expired on July 1, 2022.
There isn’t much clarity as to which way the labor actions will move in the coming days. In the past year, there have been smaller work stoppages that lasted just a day. Our hope is that both sides will come to an agreement soon.
This is a situation that we will continue to monitor closely.