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Feb 19, 2015

Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. labor secretary
joined congressional leaders and three governors on Wednesday in
pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a
contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging
cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Tom Perez, the labor secretary, was sent to San Francisco as
an emissary of President Barack Obama, who has come under
mounting pressure to intervene in a conflict that has
reverberated through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could, by some estimates, cost the U.S. economy billions of
dollars.

Feb 18, 2015

Refinery blast at Exxon refinery in Torrance, Calif., injures 3

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – An explosion and fire ripped
through a gasoline processing unit at an Exxon Mobil refinery in
Torrance, California, near Los Angeles on Wednesday,
slightly injuring three workers and shattering windows of
surrounding buildings, authorities said.

The cause of the blast, shortly before 9 a.m. PST (1600
GMT), was under investigation, but there was no evidence of foul
play, said Torrance Fire Captain Steve Deuel.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. labor secretary to hold more talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez planned to hold a second round of talks with shipping
company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers on
Wednesday, seeking to broker a deal to end months of labor
turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Perez was sent to San Francisco as an emissary of President
Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene
in a conflict that has reverberated through the trans-Pacific
commercial supply chain and, by some estimates, could cost the
U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union
leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that
has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions
at 29 West Coast ports.

Perez was sent to join the talks in San Francisco by
President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to
intervene in the labor conflict that has rippled through the
commercial supply chain across the Pacific and by some estimates
could ultimately cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. West Coast ports,
closed to incoming cargo vessels during the three-day holiday
weekend, reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom
Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement
ending months of shipping disruptions.

Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at
the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under
mounting pressure to intervene in a labor dispute that has
cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond.

Feb 16, 2015

West Coast ports dispute drags on; U.S. labor secretary to intervene

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A partial shutdown of 29
U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead
of the U.S. labor secretary’s scheduled arrival in San Francisco
to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on
the cargo-clogged docks.

President Barack Obama, under pressure to weigh in on a
labor dispute that has rippled through the U.S. commercial
supply chain and beyond, said on Saturday he would dispatch
Labor Secretary Tom Perez to meet with the two sides in the
conflict.

Feb 16, 2015

West Coast ports dispute stretches on ahead of U.S. labor secretary intervention

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A partial shutdown of 29
U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead
of the U.S. labor secretary’s scheduled arrival in San Francisco
to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on
the cargo-clogged docks.

President Barack Obama, under pressure to weigh in on a
labor dispute that has rippled through the U.S. commercial
supply chain and beyond, said on Saturday he would dispatch
Labor Secretary Tom Perez to meet with the two sides in the
conflict.

Feb 14, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports closed to cargo vessels again for weekend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Clogged ports along the U.S. West Coast were closed to cargo freighters for the third time in a week on Friday night, and shippers vowed to keep a partial shutdown in effect through Monday barring a settlement in labor talks with the dockworkers’ union.

The latest halt in loading and unloading of container ships at the 29 ports came as contract talks between union negotiators and management’s bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, appeared to reach a critical juncture.

Feb 13, 2015

West Coast ports briefly reopen to cargo vessel traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Clogged ports along the West Coast reopened to cargo vessels on Friday after a daylong closure, but shippers planned to re-impose a partial shutdown through the holiday weekend barring a settlement in stalled labor talks with the dockworkers union.

The shipping companies and terminal operators planned to halt loading and unloading of container ships again starting Friday night and keep the suspension in place through Monday, the Presidents Day holiday, unless contract negotiators clinch a breakthrough deal.

Feb 13, 2015

Farmers hit hard by labor strife at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week.

Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm products are turning to other countries for produce ranging from citrus and apples to beef and pork, the Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) has reported.

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