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Retailers Again Urge President to Intervene in West Coast Strike

Created by HButler on 12/4/2012 2:35:22 PM

The National Retail Federation has reiterated its request that President Obama intervene in the OCU strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“The shutdown is already having a significant negative economic impact on retailers trying to bring in merchandise for their final push for holiday sales and will soon have an impact on consumers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a Dec. 3 statement. “The work stoppage not only impacts retailers, but is also affecting their product vendors — many of which are small businesses — and other industries like manufacturers and agricultural exporters that rely on the ports.”

Shay, who said the disruption is “at the national emergency stage,” said an extended strike would drive up prices for U.S. consumers, and decisive action by the administration is needed to get the ports back in operation.

Complete coverage of West Coast labor disputes

- The Journal of Commerce.

 

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