Mediator steps in at ports

Mediator steps in at ports

Ag group says West Coast port labor negotiation outcome crucial to U.S. ag production.

AFTER months of failed negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Assn. (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), the U.S. Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS) officially announced Jan. 6 that it will work with both parties to reach an agreement.

Agricultural organizations and agribusinesses had recently urged President Barack Obama to get a federal mediator involved after companies began reporting that the dispute

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