lockout at the nation's busiest port complex was averted Thursday
after dock operations were fully staffed at the end of a week
in which most activity had been frozen.
of employers at West Coast ports said they would shut down cargo
terminals Friday, leaving as many as 5,000 workers without pay
and millions of dollars of cargo on the docks because of what
management called a union slowdown.
night, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union provided
enough workers to unload ships at the docks in Long Beach, the
Pacific Maritime Association said.
which represents 87 shipping companies and terminal operations,
said it would suspend its planned shutdown of the Los Angeles
and Long Beach port complex as long as operations continue at
had accused the union of withholding labor from Stevedoring Services'
terminal since Monday, leaving thousands of containers unloaded
and causing a traffic jam of trucks outside the complex.
which represents the 10,500 full-time West Coast dockworkers,
denied Thursday it had engaged in any slowdown. The union contract
expired July 1.