Business groups tell Obama that the use of a mediator is imperative in longshore union talks.
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Strong container and steel volumes led the way for a record year at the port.
Turnover rate among large U.S. truckload carriers increased 1 percent to an annualized rate of 97 percent in the third quarter of 2014.
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received 12 ocean transportation intermediary license applications and changes for review.