The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding the announced weekend closure of West Coast ports due to a labor dispute:
"The impact of a shutdown will be devastating to thousands of people in Pierce County who rely on direct or indirect contact with our maritime industry. The ripple effect goes far beyond the men and women who work at the Port of Tacoma. I urge both sides to keep talking, to keep negotiating. The entire Puget Sound region is depending on them to resolve their differences and get back to competing in the global trade markets."
Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director