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Resolution Urging End to West Coast Ports Slowdown Grows Rapidly

February 20, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Last week U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Congressman Reichert (R-WA), Congressmen Schrader (D-OR), and Congressman Costa (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House urging an end to the contract negotiation between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Now, just a week later, the resolution has been signed by 61 members of Congress.

The members said, “This past weekend we saw the situation at the West Coast Ports continue to escalate to the point that the Secretary of Labor joined in the negotiations, urging a quick resolution. This is a good step, but the crisis facing not just the West Coast, but the entire nation, is very real. The fact that over 60 members have joined our resolution within the past week shows that Americans from across the country are being impacted. Both sides must reach an agreement as soon as possible. Our national economy in jeopardy.”

The full text of the House resolution can be found here