UPDATE: Port Strike Ends at Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

TIA Member Action No Longer Necessary

December 5, 2012 | Late in the night on Tuesday, December 4th, clerical workers from the local office of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) agreed to a new contract ending an eight-day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. All terminals re-opened on Wednesday, December 5th at 7 a.m. Pacific.

As previously reported in Toy News Tuesday, negotiations between ILWU and the Harbor Employers Association (HEA) had been ongoing since June 2010. A breakdown in negotiations last week led to the closure of 10 of the 14 terminals at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The strike cost the U.S. economy an estimated one billion dollars per day, as the affected ports handle an approximately 39.5% of all U.S. imports.

The strike posed a major financial threat to toy companies needing to fill standing and last-minute holiday orders during the crucial fourth quarter shopping season. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) sent a letter to the White House and joined as a signatory with nearly 100 other organizations in asking the President to intervene and take immediate action to facilitate negotiations and help settle the dispute between OCU and HEA. TIA also called upon its members to join in taking action by contacting local Congressional Representatives and asking them to request President Obama’s immediate intervention. 

“We are pleased to learn that the dispute has been settled and that the ports have re-opened so that toy companies of all sizes can bring safe and fun toys to children in time for the holidays,” stated TIA president Carter Keithley.