Port executives say mediation 'has become a critical and necessary tool' in the West Coast labor negotiaitons.
Teamster-supported strikers end labor action in Southern California,
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.