Thousands of dockworkers are off the job due to COVID. Ships can’t unload their cargo

The port of Los Angeles is one of the United States’ top gateways for international trade and commerce. But it’s backed up now because many dockworkers are off the job due to coronavirus. Photo by Green Fire Productions (CC BY 2.0).

Local ports are backed up because nearly 2000 dockworkers are off the job because of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, 45 ships were docked waiting to unload. The union representing dockworkers and local elected officials are urging health officials to declare dockworkers essential so they can get the vaccine as soon as possible. Together LA and Long Beach ports are the largest in the country, and delays could impact goods being delivered throughout the world.