With Friday’s talks ending in stalemate and the port lockouts beginning to impact the U.S. economy, Thomas Perez (U.S. Labor Secretary) is scheduled to meet with the dockworkers’ union and maritime association today. After nine months of negotiations and the assistance of a federal mediator, the organizations have been unable to come to an agreement. 29 U.S. west coast ports have been affected by this dispute, which is impacting international trade and the U.S. supply chain.
Justin Pritchard, Associated Press. “US labor official looks to untangle West Coast port dispute” www.denverpost.com 2/17/2015. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_27541011/us-labor-official-overseeing-stalled-west-coast-port (2/17/2015).