Chassis providers and their customers have agreed to implement a shared-equipment model to improve productivity at marine terminals.
The ILWU and ILA will likely have concurrent contract negotiations, making cargo diversion difficult, an NRF official said.
No rapid conclusion is expected in labor contract talks that have been ongoing for six months.
Cameron Roberts calls current model an endangered species after recent California cases consider drivers employees, not independent contractors.
After suspending plans, MSC says it will begin surcharge related to West Coast port congestion next week.