US Senate Bill Would Allow President, Governors to Act Against Port Slowdowns
By: Joseph Bonney | June 05 2015
A bill introduced in Congress on Friday would empower the president to intervene to halt port labor slowdowns as well as strikes, and would allow state governors to initiate the process for federal back-to-work injunctions.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. and Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., sponsored the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments (PORTS) Act (S.1519) in reaction to labor slowdowns that paralyzed West Coast ports during longshore contract negotiations in late 2014 and early 2015.
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