Operations Resume in Full Flow at the Port of Long Beach

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Finally, after a month long negotiation, the Port of Long Beach has resumed its operations. The workers worked overnight, for the first time in weeks. The operations in Long Beach and Los Angeles seaports resumed in full flow. The nine month standoff was resolved and the workers started to clear the backlog of months.

Phillip Stanfield, spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles, said, “There is a lot of work to do and limited labor pool. But the work is being distributed among the two ports and the cargo containers between both Long Beach and Los Angeles ports as equitably as possible.”

The officials think that the backlog will take at least eight weeks to clear. Around 1,500 people were posted instead of the usual 800 to 1,000, for the night shift on Saturday.

Jon Slangerup, chief executive officer of the Port of Long Beach, said, “Both the Pacific Maritime Association and the union are committed to clear this out as quickly as possible.”

The agreement was reached upon on Friday, when U.S Secretary Tom Perez gave the employers’ and the labor union a deadline to resolve the dispute. This contract helped in avoiding the shutdown of the 29 ports, which would have happened if the dispute was not solved. Closure of the ports would have meant a loss of $2 billion a day to the U.S economy.

The work at the ports had slowed a lot due to the dispute, leaving huge backlogs. All the port workers had resumed their job, excep… MORE

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