Calif. port strike has uneven effect on metals

Nov 30, 2012 | 05:08 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  steel, scrap, labor, ILWU, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Pasha Stevedoring, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — A walkout by dock workers at the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that entered its fourth day Friday is having an uneven impact on steel trade, with most imports arriving unimpeded but some disruption occurring in exports of containerized scrap.

Dockworkers at seven of eight container terminals in Los Angeles and a reported three of six terminals in Long Beach were honoring picket lines by clerical members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, shutting down those facilities. The workers, who have been without a contract since June 2010, allege that shippers are outsourcing their jobs overseas, a claim shippers deny.....

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