West Coast port workers and shipping companies have stated that they will continue to operate normally to continue negotiations after the contract between the two countries expires on Friday. increase.
A joint letter issued by the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union states that "cargo will continue to move and will continue to operate normally at the port until an agreement is reached."
The negotiations involve 29 ports in California, Oregon, and Washington, which jointly process nearly 40% of all US imports.
Negotiations continued closely, including the White House, where President Joe Biden is talking to both sides.
Over 150 business groups have also urged Biden to promote rapid resolution to avoid further disruption in addition to existing supply chain challenges.
One of the main issues in the consultation is the level of automation used in the port. Operators claim that by processing more cargo and dock workers, more automation will bring more work, saying that automation will reduce the number of workers required.
Some information in this report was provided by The Associated Press and Reuters.