12/4/2012 2:00 am EST: Strike Ends!

posted Dec 5, 2012, 5:40 AM by Len James

From The American Shipper:

 LA/Long Beach strike ends; Longshoremen return to work today

   Clerical workers at shipping terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reached agreement on a new contract with employers, ending a strike that had shut down the nation's two largest ports for a week.
   The Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, which represents 14 employers covering 10 terminals in the two ports, said at 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time that they had reached an agreement on a new contract to replace one that had expired on June 30, 2010 ,with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (OCU).
   The employer group said longshoremen who had been honoring the pickets will return to work this morning.
   Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the eight-day strike was over, but cost the local economy billions of dollars.
   "I would like to thank both the employers and the union for returning to the bargaining table in earnest beginning last night and working feverishly to reach a new deal," he said. "The result is a contract amenable to both sides and the return to work during this holiday season for thousands of men and women who are vital to keeping our port running around the clock.
   "With the strike now ending, we must waste no time in getting the nation's busiest port complex's operations back up to speed," he added