Villaraigosa vs. Ludlow - Round 1
Starting then, all international container terminals in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will start five OffPeak shifts per week on nights and weekends.
In the Mayor's corner we have PierPASS. PierPASS is a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators to reduce congestion and improve air quality in and around the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. PierPASS is responsible for managing the OffPeak program.
In Ludlow's corner we have the Teamsters port division. They are organizing a protest rally tomorrow arguing that PierPass makes truckers work longer hours. Some truckers are calling for a boycott Saturday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union supports PierPASS, but is also trying to call for the truckers rights to be addressed.
The City, residents, and anyone on a freeway needs PierPass. The Mayor needs labor. Labor needs the Mayor. Ludlow needs to look independent and not appear to be the Mayor's puppet, yet back up his truckers. The Mayor needs to stand up for residents in the port.
What to do? What to do? We'll probably learn a lot about both men in the coming days. They are both skilled public speakers. They both know how to negotiate. Watch this one closely and we are sure to see a little dance on the fence from both. Word of advice? Don't get caught speaking out of both sides of your mouths. It never ends well.
Additional information in the Daily Breeze.
**UPDATE** Janice Hahn adds her opinion.