Oakland Port Workers Told to Resume Work After the Dispute

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The seaport in Oakland resumed its operations on Sunday night, just like the other ports on the West Coast. The work resumed after disruptions earlier in the day.

Mike Zampa, spokesman for the Port of Oakland, said, “We have got five vessels being loaded and unloaded, and we have scheduled another three for operations.”

He said that the port officials were not happy with the labor slowdown. He added, that the labor slowdown was not right as they had reached an agreement with the maritime companies on Friday.

A mediator asked the worker to get back to the work, after it was found that longshoremen in the San Francisco Bay Area had taken part in the illegal stoppages. These stoppages included taking breaks at the same time and other actions which would result in the reduced productivity. The mediator had asked the workers to return to work in the night shift at 7 p.m.

The employees who had participated in the slowdown, were dismissed for the day by the employers.

Zampa said that, it was not clear whether all the terminals were operating normally, but he said that most of them were operating.

According to the most recent data of the association, the Port of Oakland handled around 10 percent of the cargo at West Coast docks in 2013.

The work at the other 28 West Coast ports was almost back to normal. More laborers were brought in at the larger po… MORE

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