According to the The Journal of Commerce online: A union representing security guards at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach authorized a strike last week. Members of the security guard union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 26, work at the majority of marine terminals at the LA-Long Beach complex and have been negotiating a new contract for three years. While the security guard contract is separate from the coast-wide longshore contract also currently being negotiated, officials are working feverishly to avoid a strike given the possibility that dockworkers would honor any security officer picket lines, thus shutting down affected terminals.
No date has been set for a strike. These actions come as West Coast ports, especially LA-Long Beach, have seen much improved flow, with the exception of rail, with only nine ships backed up off LA-LB, down from a record of 109 in early January.
We will continue to follow this story and provide updates.
Source: The Journal of Commerce online JOC.com