The union on Tuesday agreed to federal mediation after polling its membership, but the strike will continue until an agreement is reached, said Will Petty, spokesman for Teamsters Joint Council 25, an affiliate of Local 727."We are hopeful that this can restart negotiations and help us reach an agreement as quickly as possible," he said."We were glad to hear from the union today that they have accepted our offer for federal mediation," Les Parsons, Coca-Cola's vice president of manufacturing, said in a written statement.
North America correspondent Craig Mc Murtrie reports from Los Angeles.
CRAIG MCMURTRIE, REPORTER: Jose Ortega is a single parent and night driver for Toll Group at the port of Los Angeles.
He says this is normally a busy time at work, but he's just been told he can only work one shift this week. I already used all my sick days, vacation days, even my personal day, so now I'm a little stressful about next week's pay which is only going to be one day.
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Australian transport giant Toll Holdings will sit down with the powerful US Teamsters union later this week to open negotiations on pay and conditions for its port drivers in Los Angeles.
The meeting is the latest round in a bitter struggle over Toll's treatment of the American drivers who voted to join the Teamsters last month.