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Labor groups reacted to Senator Gardner's PORTS legislation, which would expand the Taft-Hartley Act.
The first of seven groups will meet early next month to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming peak season.
The new legislation is supported by Port of Portland, Oregon container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc.
Transportation and port companies need to cooperate more, members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition said at their annual meeting in San Francisco.
Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific railways have seen volumes drop 4 percent, 3 percent and 6 percent, respectively, so far in the second quarter.
The ever-increasing size of containerships has led a decrease in average number of containers moved per hour in port and, in turn, to increased vessel delays, according to a new JOC Port Productivity study from IHS Inc.