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Los Angeles ports still shut today; recovered paper backed up in some areas

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Los Angeles ports still shut today; recovered paper backed up in some areas

December 03, 2012 - 07:30
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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2012 (RISI) -Port terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach remained shut today because of a strike by clerical workers, contacts said today. The port in Oakland, CA, was working normally today after work disruptions last week, contacts said.

From the Los Angeles ports shut, recovered paper was backing up in certain parts of the country that truck tons to the Los Angeles ports for exporting recovered paper, such as Dallas and Chicago, contacts said today.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are the largest port system in the USA - for recovered paper exports.

"It froze everything," said one contact in the Southwest today, referring to tons Friday that were diverted from export to domestic buyers.

"No one is loading containers until they get the go-ahead," that the Los Angeles ports are open, the contact added.

Talks went on through the weekend without a deal reached, contacts said. Negotiating are teams for the employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU). The OCU represents about 600 workers.

A hot issue is the replacement of OCU workers who leave their jobs, contacts said. The employers, while seeking to automate the ports, want the ability to not rehire replacements; the OCU wants departing workers replaced.

Arbitrators have been brought into the talks as well, contacts said.