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Could be Agreement to End Work Stoppage in Ports Along West Coast
Aired October 8, 2002 - 10:47 ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And we're getting word that there could be an agreement or an end to the work stoppage in all 29 ports up and down the West Coast.
Let's go to Jen Rogers, who's standing by in San Francisco with more on this.
Jen, good morning.
JEN ROGERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning there, Daryn. Well, not quite an end to this yet, but what I can tell you is I just got off the phone with the union here in San Francisco, the union that has been shut out of the ports up and down the West Coast and what the management of those ports calls a defensive shutdown related to what they say are some slowdowns from the union.
Now the union says that yesterday they received the first work orders from the management team and what these are, these are contingent on the Bush administration, once they get a report from the board of inquiry here in San Francisco, the Bush administration going to court and getting an injunction and getting the courts to order an injunction and having an 80-day cooling off period. And if they got that, the union has received a work order for the second evening shift tonight.
So that could possibly -- again, this is all contingent on the Bush administration deciding to go to court and getting an injunction from court and getting this 80-day cooling down period. And if that all happens, the management team has placed work orders for the second evening shift tonight with the local unions here and in other parts of the West Coast -- Daryn.
KAGAN: OK, Jen, so to take a step back from this, not to say there would be an agreement, but with that cooling-off period perhaps on its way because of court action by the Bush administration, the docks could be and running as early as this afternoon.
ROGERS: That seems to be the way things are moving. The board of inquiry needs to get the report back to the administration. That needs to happen by midnight. The union is expecting that to happen much earlier and the Bush administration needs to decide what to do. But if they get that injunction, work orders have been placed with the unions for the second evening shift this evening.
HARRIS: All right, very good. I know retailers across the country would very much look forward to the goods starting to flow once again through those West Coast reports.
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