Busiest port com­plex re­opens af­ter strike

Dozens of ships stuck in idle dur­ing eight-day walk-off. ‘It’s go­ing to take a few days … to get back to nor­mal.’

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Byjohn Rogers Art Wong,

LOS AN­GE­LES — Work re­sumed Wed­nes­day at the na­tion’s busiest port com­plex af­ter a crip­pling strike was set­tled, end­ing an eight-day walk-off that af­fected thou­sands of jobs and bil­lions of dol­lars in cargo.

Gates at the Los An­ge­les and Long Beach har­bors re­opened, and dock­work­ers were ready to re­sume load­ing and un­load­ing ships that had been stuck for days, Los An­ge­les port spokesman Phillip San­field said.

“It’s go­ing to take a few days, maybe a week or two to get back to nor­mal,” Long Beach port spokesman Art Wong said.

Dozens of ships were stuck idle at the com­plex or de­layed on their way in, of­fi­cials said. Auto

port spokesman much of the port com­plex that han­dles 44 per­cent of all con­tainer cargo that ar­rives by sea na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing items such as cars from Ja­pan and com­put­ers from China.

Ne­go­tia­tors reached a ten­ta­tive agree­ment to end the strike late Tues­day, two hours af­ter fed­eral me­di­a­tors ar­rived from Washington.

No de­tails about the terms of the deal had been re­leased by early Wed­nes­day, though a state­ment from the work­ers union said it had won new pro­tec­tions prevent­ing jobs from be­ing out­sourced.

Port of­fi­cials es­ti­mated that roughly $760 mil­lion worth of cargo a day failed to move through the ports dur­ing the walk­out. About 20 ships were di­verted to other ports.

A full ac­count of all of the goods af­fected was not im­me­di­ately avail­able; hol­i­day items had ar­rived weeks ago.

Days of ne­go­ti­a­tions that in­cluded all-night bar­gain­ing ses­sions sud­denly went from a stale­mate to big leaps of progress by Tues­day. Mayor An­to­nio Vil­laraigosa said the sides were al­ready pre­pared to take a vote when the me­di­a­tors ar­rived.

“I’m really pleased to tell all of you that my 10,000 long­shore work­ers in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach are go­ing to start mov­ing cargo on th­ese ships,” said Ray Fami­lathe, vice pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Long­shore and Ware­house Union. “We’re go­ing to get cargo moved through­out the sup­ply chain and the coun­try and get ev­ery­body those that they’re look­ing for in those stores.”

Port work­ers cross a bridge on their re­turn to work at the Port of Long Beach on Wed­nes­day. Work re­sumed at the Los An­ge­les and Long Beach har­bors af­ter the set­tle­ment of a strike that crip­pled the com­plex for more than a week.

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