Retailers Urge Quick Resolution at West Coast Ports

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of Supply Chain Jessica Dankert issued the following statement in response to reports that union workers at West Coast ports walked off the job today, resulting in shutdowns at port terminals up and down the coast, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Tacoma, and Oakland.

“Retailers are alarmed to learn of the work stoppage underway at several West Coast ports. Our nation’s West Coast ports are a crucial link in the retail supply chain. Any interruption or disruption in their operations immediately has a ripple effect that impedes retailers’ ability to quickly and efficiently deliver for American consumers.

“With supply chains that have grown increasingly flexible and resilient under extreme circumstances over the last several years, leading retailers will continue to take every measure to ensure customers do not feel the impact of this activity. But it is imperative that all parties convene to resolve today’s stoppage as soon as possible, and continue negotiations to secure a formal labor contract that restores certainty and stability at the West Coast ports. If this work stoppage drags on and contract negotiations continue to falter, the Biden-Harris administration must step in and broker a deal.”


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