If the negotiations were not secret, businesses involved would be able to assess risk and make alternative plans, but that is not the way that PMA and the ILWU wanted it.
PMA (The Employers) agreed to keep everything secret.
PMA has let the ILWU dictate the pace and demeanor to the negotiation, because the PMA management does not know what they are doing.
The PMA member companies are screwing their customers by choosing to deny them the information they need to conduct business. It is no wonder they are pissed off.
The Wall Street Journal has now jumped into the fray, claiming the ILWU is stealing Christmas.
With out the PMA’s assistance the ILWU would not be doing what they are doing.
We will have to wait to see what Big Bob has in mind, because PMA has nothing, nada, zip.
How about a change at the top of PMA?