NRF Urges to Keep Ports Open

The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a statement in response to the rejection of a labor contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association.


“We are extremely disappointed by this vote and strongly urge the parties to work through their differences without any kind of disruption,” says vice president for supply chain and customs policy of NRF, Jonathan Gold. “Ratification of a contract is needed to give retailers and other industries that rely on these ports the predictability they need to make long-term plans and get back to growing their businesses and creating jobs.

“The shutdown during the holiday shopping season was more than just a fight between labor and management – it threatened to impact consumers’ shopping plans at the most crucial time of the year. We can’t afford to see another shutdown. As labor and management work to resolve this situation, uninterrupted operation of the ports should be their top priority. Too many jobs across the country depend on these ports to let any interference with operations be considered an acceptable way of doing business.”

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