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Teamster drivers picket at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports; congestion remains

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Teamster drivers picket at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports; congestion remains

November 19, 2014 - 17:50
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OAKLAND, CA, Nov. 13, 2014 (RISI) -Recovered paper traders did not see improved shipment conditions at congested West Coast ports this week -- especially as Teamsters were picketing today at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to support port workers seeking a new contract.

One contact said today that the Teamsters "communicated" to the Los Angeles port leaders "that the picketing could last as long as the next 10 days." The picketers are port truck drivers from Los Angeles' Total Transportation Services and Pacific 9 Transportation, local media reported.

Along with the picketing, all US senators from California, Oregon, and Washington sent a letter to the Pacific Maritime Assn and the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU), urging them to continue talks. The negotiators for the two sides have been working on a new deal for six months after the port workers contract expired on July 1.

The contract affects workers at 29 West Coast ports. The largest West Coast port system is in Los Angeles and Long Beach, followed by Oakland, CA, and the Seattle/Tacoma system. The ILWU and other trade unions last week also called on President Obama for help in the dispute.