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Senator Isadore Hall: PMA has shown willingness to sacrifice economic recovery

Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) has released the following statement regarding the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to shut down vessel loading and unloading at West Coast ports this weekend:

Isadore Hall III

“I am extremely concerned and disappointed in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) latest reckless and irresponsible decision to suspend […]


Congresswoman Barbara Lee: 'Deeply disappointed by PMA's decision'

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement in response to PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work from 5PM on February 6th to 8AM on February 9th:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

“I am deeply disappointed by PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work this weekend. This unnecessary weekend lockout will hurt workers and their families, businesses and […]


Congressman Ted Lieu: PMA’s action hurts ILWU workers, businesses, consumers, economy

”PMA’s intentional action to close the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the weekend is indefensible.” — Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) issued the following statement today regarding PMA’s decision to suspend all vessel work from 5pm February 6 to 8am February 9.

“Our ports are critical to Southern California’s economy, […]


Congresswoman Hahn: PMA weekend lockout will make congestion worse

Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) has released the following statement in response to PMA’s decision not to conduct vessel work from 5 pm February 6 to 8 am February 9:

”I condemn this weekend lockout and urge PMA to reconsider actions that interfere with good faith negotiations” — Congresswoman Janice Hahn

“PMA’s decision to not conduct […]