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ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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From a KGO article titled ‘Commerce Secretary Pritzker addresses West Coast port slowdown’:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was in San Francisco taking a tour of a company called Dodocase that relies heavily on trade and exports.

Pritzker told ABC7 News it’s not time for the federal government to step in to the ongoing labor dispute at west coast ports. Not yet.

“This is not just a damage to our economy. This also is going to hurt global trade. And so, we really are urging and encouraging the parties to resolve this at the negotiating table, and to do so now,” said Pritzker.

“The focus of the union is on the negotiations. We want to resolve this without the shut downs that the employers are imposing and causing problems for everyone, especially customers who need their containers,” said Craig Merrilees with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.


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