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Biden administration urged to intervene as threat of port strikes spreads north of the border

June 6, 2023

The Biden administration is coming under renewed pressure to intervene and resolve labour issues across US west coast ports as industrial action stretches into a fifth day, and the threat of strikes north of the border emerges.

With employers and employees into their 13th month of negotiating new contracts, the tense situation broke down on Friday with many terminals from southern California to Washington state forced to shut down, and sporadic industrial action set to continue today. Ship queues have yet to emerge unlike in previous incidents along the west coast such as in 2015.

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