Los Angeles ports closed because of strikers

By Finance

Striking workers and longshormen in Los Angeles are the reason why the 2 biggest container ports have been closed and berthed ships are waiting to be unloaded.
7 of the 8 terminals are closed (Port of Los Angeles). Port of Long Beach 3 of 6 are closed.
The 2 ports were extremely busy till the closure. The ports are ready to handle almost a 1/3 of the nation’s total container shipments, the real-estate services firm Colliers International said in August.
The workers walked out November 27 amid an impasse in contract talks.
If the strike continues, all ships will have to sail to Oakland, California, or Seattle. Perishables such as fruits and vegetables may begin to rot, and shipping lines will have to spend as much as $70,000 more per day to operate vessels.
There are rarely ships waiting to be unloaded, but now 10 ships are anchored and wait to be serviced.
Negotations are taking place the problem to be solved with the workers. Even the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter to the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (representing Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association).
Ships will be diverted to other ports in order to be unloaded even diverted to Mexico.
Salaries are not the problem. More than 51 positions have been lost in recent years because of outsourcing to other locations including Costa Rica and Dallas.
The 800 office and clerical employees have been working without a contract for 30 months according to information.