West Coast port slowdown continues as holiday period reduces activities further

The long lines of trucks queuing up on Port of Tacoma Road, a familiar sight since a labor-related slowdown of ship loading activities began Oct. 31, were absent Wednesday as the maritime community prepared for a nearly complete shutdown of activity on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is one of 13 yearly holidays observed by the International Longshore Workers Union, which is in thus far unsuccessful negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association for a new long-term West Coast labor contract. The PMA represents shipping lines and terminal companies at 29 West Coast ports.