This could get interesting. Those Longshoremen are a tough group.

With the June 30 date for renewing the West Coast longshoremen's contract less than three months away, jittery importers and exporters are wondering whether they should start shifting cargo to other ports now in anticipation of a possible strike, or wait to see how negotiations progress before making costly changes to cargo routing.

The contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) covers some 14,000 dockworkers at ports in California, Oregon, and Washington.

A recent National Retail Federation poll of its members found that most respondents expect labor slowdowns but not a strike. Still, "there's a lot of unease about what's about to happen," said Jonathan Gold, NRF's vice president, supply chain and customs policy. Gold made those remarks during a panel presentation at the recent Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) 18th Annual Northeast Trade and Transportation Conference in Newport, R.I.
Importers, exporters worry about late start for West Coast port labor negotiations – DC Velocity