Farm/food coalition pressures unions, ports to resolve West Coast slowdown
January 29, 2015
More than 90 farm and food organizations have called on both sides of the labor dispute at five West Coast ports to resolve their issues.
"Not only is this dispute causing extreme congestion, delays, and uncertainty, it is costing the agriculture industry millions of dollars for every week that the negotiations and slowdowns drag on," the American Soybean Association said in a news release.
In an open letter, ASA and its fellow organizations urged both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to take into account the impact on consumers.
The federal government should consider "all available remedies," stated the letter, noting that the slowdown "is having a severe impact on our ability to export agricultural and food products to many of our main export markets. Inevitably, these overseas customers will look to other sources for their supply."
–The Hagstrom Report