Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the following statement on Tuesday night: “I am pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between labor and management that will bring to an end the eight-day strike that has cost our local economy billions of dollars.
I would like to thank both the employers and the union for returning to the bargaining table in earnest beginning last night and working feverishly to reach a new deal. The result is a contract amenable to both sides and the return to work during this holiday season for thousands of men and women who are vital to keeping our port running around the clock.
I also wish to express thanks to the federal mediators who quickly flew to Los Angeles today, fully prepared to work with both sides to reach an agreement. I appreciate their responsiveness and willingness to help us work to find a solution to the strike.
With the strike now ending, we must waste no time in getting the nation’s busiest port complex’s operations back up to speed."
“The Port of Los Angeles commends both sides for reaching an agreement,” added Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz. “We are particularly grateful to Mayor Villaraigosa for his leadership and tenacity in keeping the negotiations moving over the past 24 hours. The days ahead will be busy, but we look forward to seeing a workforce of thousands back on the job and returning this complex to business as usual.”