Last week, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively reached a five-year agreement concluding the dispute that has been on-going since last October. This dispute has been especially detrimental to agricultural producers of perishable products. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was sent to California last week to help mediate the agreement and said both parties agreed to resume work last Saturday. Once ratified, it is estimated it will take eight weeks to clear the current shipping backlog.
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