Port Employees' Strike Threatens Wine Shipments
News: US wine shipments are expected to face major issues as port employees from 29 ports on the western seaboard of the US threaten industrial action, reports Harpers.co.uk, citing Tom Rappe from Bear Creek Winery. The port employees have threatened to call strike action over their new contracts, which are up for renewal on July 1, but have been delayed due to health and welfare benefits. Slowdowns at ports, work stoppages or strikes throughout the west coast are expected, hugely impacting exports and imports in the country. Major problems will be faced by buyers of Californian wine in the UK and for the New Zealand and Australian wine going through the US ports.