Some workers at the Port of Los Angeles have disregarded an labor arbitrator's ruling made Tuesday night and refused to go to work this morning, marking the second day of a strike at a single terminal operator.
At noon Tuesday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit struck APM Terminals at Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles. They were joined by other bargaining units of the longshore workers who refused to cross the picket line, effectively shutting down operations at what port officials call the busiest terminal in San Pedro.
Ruling the strike was "non-bona fide" - a technical labor law term - a arbitrator held an emergency hearing and ordered dockworkers back to work at 9 a.m. today.
According to the Harbor Employers Association, the workers did not return. The sides are expected to be in another round of legal maneuvering that could include both another arbitrator or a visit to federal court.
Union officials say they are seeking to negotiate new clerical unit contracts with 14 employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
"As of this morning, the strike remains isolated to one terminal, which is APM Terminal at Pier 400," port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said. "There are two ships in port at APM, and they have postponed the loading and unloading of those ships until there is some sort of a resolution."
Sanfield said the strike likely will not affect the holiday shopping season, as most of that shipping arrived at the port in the past couple of months.
"For the most part, all of the holiday goods are at stores or at warehouses," he said.
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