Dipping its toe into the contentious contract dispute between the union representing East and Gulf Coast dockworkers and a consortium of shipping companies, the White House on Thursday urged the parties to reach an agreement expeditiously.
Matt Lehrich, a spokesman for President Obama, said the White House is monitoring the situation closely and implores the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance to “continue their work at the negotiating table to get a deal done as quickly as possible.”
Talks between the dockworkers and shipping companies broke down Dec. 18 over unresolved issues such as container royalties — the payments to union workers based on cargo weight that have been in practice since the Sixties when containerization and automation took hold. The ILA and the USMX agreed to meet this week at the request of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, which is mediating the negotiations. RELATED STORY: East Coast Port Talks Resume >>
Industry groups such as the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the National Retail Association have urged Obama, who returned to the White House on Thursday facing a deadline of his own — a Jan. 1 date with the fiscal cliff — to get involved before the pending Saturday midnight contract expiration. Representatives of the industry organizations are said to have a meeting set for Friday with Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari to discuss this issue. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is establishing procedures in case a strike is called and results in major delays and diversions of vessel cargo arriving and departing ports along the East and Gulf Coasts.
The USMX said last week that a strike by ILA members would not only have “serious consequences for the nation’s still-recovering economy, but it would also jeopardize the financial well-being of the ILA’s 14,500 members, who would lose nearly $5 million in wages and benefits for each day they’re out of work, or a total of $150 million in lost compensation in just a month.”
The ILA said if a strike is called, it would be limited to containerized cargo, and that it would still handle perishable commodities, military cargo, containerized mail, noncontainerized cargo and autos and passenger ships.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia