Slowdown ends at Port of L.A.-Long Beach

Slowdown ends at Port of L.A.-Long Beach

Operations at terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach were returning to normal Friday after an arbitrator ordered union longshoremen to end a work slowdown.

Longshoremen at the Southern California port complex slowed operations to a crawl Thursday after employers trimmed manpower on container crane crews.

"The arbitrator did find that there was a slowdown and ordered longshoremen to cease and desist," said Steve Sugarman, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents port employers. "There have been no complaints from our members as of this morning."

Area arbitrator Dave Miller of Long Beach issued the ruling at 9 p.m. local time Thursday. It gave longshoremen until 12 a.m. Monday to end the protest.

Sugarman said that crane manning has continued at reduced levels following the slowdown, from four workers to three. " We are hoping to get back to normal operations now," Sugarman said.