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Pacific Northwest Ports Urge Obama to Resolve West Coast Contract Row

(Linton Nightingale – Lloyd’s Loading List )

The Pacific Northwest ports of Tacoma and Seattle have urged the president to assign federal mediators to resolve west coast contract negotiations.

In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, chief executives Theodore Fick and John Wolfe of Seattle and Tacoma said mediation is now critical, as the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union have failed to conclude their discussions after seven months.

This uncertainty and delay is not tenable, the port bosses said.  Read more here.