We all pay as ILWU, PMA use labor resources as weapons – The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles says 95-97% of available land is now in use. Employers and longshoremen are using staffing to beat each other into settling the contract negotiations. And cargo interests can only stand back and pay the price. Read more here. (JOC)

 Bassett Furniture to wholly own Zenith – Bassett Furniture Industries has agreed to buy out the remainder of Zenith Global Logistics, making Zenith a subsidiary of the furniture manufacturer. Read the story here. (Furniture Today)

 Clear Destination introduces  “Ship to Home” software Canadian developer Clear Destination has launched a package designed to consolidate home deliveries of furniture and appliances, creating efficiencies by mixing products from multiple retailers. Read more here. (Furniture Today.)

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 LA Councilman organizes ILWU rally – Los Angeles City councilman Joe Buscaino “begs” the PMA to agree to the longshore unions demands on chassis M&R to end the dispute “before we lose business permanently.” Buscaino organized a union rally and concert in San Pedro, the district he represents. Read the story here.