Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2004 (Revised July 2008)

Showdown on the Waterfront: The West Coast Port Dispute (B)

by Kathleen L. McGinn and Dina R. Pradel

Abstract

New technology underlies a protracted dispute between West Coast longshoremen and their employers. Severe economic consequences lead to government intervention in the dispute.

Keywords: Economics; Negotiation Process; Business and Government Relations; Labor and Management Relations; Conflict and Resolution; Shipping Industry; Western United States;

Citation:

McGinn, Kathleen L., and Dina R. Pradel. "Showdown on the Waterfront: The West Coast Port Dispute (B)." Harvard Business School Case 904-067, April 2004. (Revised July 2008.)