Port of Oakland closed for 'monthly meeting'

May 1, 2012 12:27:53 PM PDT
The Port of Oakland was closed today after the Longshoreman's Union and shippers agreed to move their monthly meeting day to today.

That means cranes are idle and stacks of containers won't move today at one of America's busiest seaports. One small businessman believes he will lose between $30 and $400 because his usual customers didn't come to work.

"We depend on the longshoreman and we depend on the truck drivers to sell my production and if they're not here, so I have no income," he told ABC7.

The Longshoreman's Union originally planned to hold its meeting day to discuss business with members on May 17.