The labor contract governing operations at all West Coast ports expired June 30, 2014. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said normal operations will continue until they can reach an agreement. Until that officially happens, there is the possibility of a work slowdown or even a work stoppage that could have a severe effect on products headed for the stores of sporting goods retailers throughout the country.
Why Is This Important to our Members?
Products en route to U.S. West Coast ports from the Asia Pacific region at this time of the year are critical to sporting goods retailers and dealers awaiting deliveries for both Back to School and the Holidays. Any delay in delivering these products to retailers and dealers could have a negative impact on both of these key selling seasons.
What NSGA Is Doing:
NSGA has written to both parties in the contact negotiations, as well as several elected and appointed governmental officials, including President Obama, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, and Secretary of Labor Perez. In addition, NSGA has prepared templates of letters to those people for NSGA members to send to those parties.
What You Can Do:
Click here to learn more about what you can do and your possible options if a contract agreement isn't reached.