AAFA Supports Legislative Efforts to End Costly Port Dispute

2/13/2015
American Apparel & Footwear Association president and CEO Juanita D. Duggan applauded the introduction of a resolution by a bipartisan group of U.S. House Representatives calling on both the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to come to an agreement, and end the nine-month labor dispute responsible for the slowdown at the West Coast ports.
 
"The near halt of port activity on the West Coast is our number one trade barrier right now. Almost fifty percent of all clothing and shoes sold in the United States are imported through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

AAFA has been calling for an immediate end to this dispute so that our West Coast ports can fully operate again. The slowdowns at these ports have resulted in loss in sales for our companies and increased costs for the industry and the economy as a whole.

We continue to stress the urgency and widespread impact of this issue, and we share the sentiment a bipartisan group of House members expressed today calling for a swift labor agreement. The President should step in and use his executive authority if the parties fail to reach a solution. We urge all Members of Congress to support the resolution introduced today."

In recent weeks, the inability for both parties to come to a contract agreement has led to the threat of a potential lockout or strike, which would stop all port activity at the 29 ports along the West Coast.

It is estimated that a shutdown of this magnitude will cost the U.S. economy nearly $2 billion dollars a day.

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