EO 13275
Effective Date: October 17, 2002

Responsible Office: Office of Policy Coordination and International Relations
Subject: Creating Board to Report on Labor Disputes Affecting U.S. Maritime Industry

                Executive Order 13275 of October 7, 2002

                Creating a Board of Inquiry To Report on Certain 
                Labor Disputes Affecting the Maritime Industry of the 
                United States

                WHEREAS, there exists a labor dispute between, on the 
                one hand, employees represented by the International 
                Longshore and Warehouse Union and, on the other hand, 
                employers and the bargaining association of employers 
                who are (1) U.S. and foreign steamship companies 
                operating ships or employed as agents for ships engaged 
                in service to or from the Pacific Coast ports in 
                California, Oregon, and Washington, and (2) stevedore 
                and terminal companies operating at ports in 
                California, Oregon, and Washington; and

                WHEREAS, such dispute has resulted in a lock-out that 
                affects a substantial part of the maritime industry, an 
                industry engaged in trade, commerce, transportation 
                (including the transportation of military supplies), 
                transmission, and communication among the several 
                States and with foreign nations; and

                WHEREAS, a continuation of this lock-out, if permitted 
                to continue, will imperil the national health and 

                NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me 
                by section 206 of the Labor Management Relations Act, 
                1947 (61 Stat. 155; 29 U.S.C. 176) (the ``Act''), I 
                hereby create a Board of Inquiry consisting of such 
                members as I shall appoint to inquire into the issues 
                involved in such dispute.

                The Board shall have powers and duties as set forth in 
                title II of the Act. The Board shall report to me in 
                accordance with the provisions of section 206 of the 
                Act no later than October 8, 2002.

                Upon the submission of its report, the Board shall 
                continue in existence in order to perform any 
                additional functions under the Act, including those 
                functions set forth in section 209(b), but shall 
                terminate no later than upon completion of such 

                    (Presidential Sig.)B

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                     October 7, 2002.


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