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Docks Dispute Disrupting Imports Goes to Mediation

20 January 2015

US - The docks dispute on the west coast of the US that has been disrupting imports including meat imports to the US has gone to arbitration.

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) jointly requested federal mediation to assist in resolving the ongoing labour dispute

The dispute has involved more than 20,000 longshore workers at 29 west coast ports.

The US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service appointed Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh to mediate future negotiations between the two parties in an effort to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

While the dispute has blocked some imports and left others stranded in the ports, other imports such as those from Australia have entered the country through other ports including Philadelphia.

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