Yesterday, employers at the Port of Los Angeles accused their unionized dockworker employees of instituting a labor slowdown.  This latest incident between the parties has brought major national scrutiny to the long-running labor dispute because container ships have been forced to sit idle while they wait for crews to unload their cargo.

While the Pacific Maritime Association blames the union, the International Longshore Workers Union blames the employer for the backlog.  However, it can hardly be called a coincidence that as soon as the parties hit a snag during their most recent collective-bargaining negotiations, work at the port began to slow considerably.

A federal mediator has gotten involved in the parties’ dispute, which centers primarily around what the dockworkers believe to be substandard wages.

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