The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and dock workers have been locked in labor negotiations for the last nine months. The PMA, represents 29 West Coast Ports who have all been affected by these negotiations. Specifically, the ports are experiencing significant slowdowns and currently only operating at 50-60% capacity. Due to the high demands from the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), the ports have also experienced complete shut downs at times, causing a great deal of congestion. It has been reported that port workers have threatened to strike and are creating this slowdown as a statement to the PMA.