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Newhouse, Reichert, Schrader, Costa Introduce Resolution to Urge End to Ports Slowdown

February 12, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced a House Resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the current contract negotiation between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) must come to swift conclusion. The resolution also states that in the event of a strike or lockout, the Administration must intervene to end the dispute to protect American workers and the national economy.

“This is one of the gravest threats to our nation right now,” said the Members. “We are seeing businesses, farmers, and manufacturers, affected all across the country. The slowdown is not just a West Coast problem, but a national problem.  U.S. agriculture exports are down by over $440 million a week. The standstill in the negotiations has gone on for far too long and cannot continue.”

The full resolution can be found here