Steve Madden, Wolverine & Columbia are among the shoe companies that may be impacted by draft restrictions in the Panama Canal.
On February 20, the dockworkers union and their employers reached the tentative five-year agreement that was ratified this week.
Laborers at the West Coast ports are moving faster than expected in unwinding the backlog stemming from a nine-month-long dispute between West Coast port operators and the dockworkers’ union.
West Coast Port operators and union reached a five-year contract deal, though both have to ratify the agreement.
Late Wednesday, U.S. secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in California, joining U.S. labor secretary Thomas Perez, to push port negotiations along.
The West Coast ports are closed for four days as the negotiations between the union and employers continue to breakdown.
A federal mediator is headed to California to assist in the West Coast Port delay