Industry News

Aug 4, 2014

ILWU Contract Negotiations Continue Into August

Negotiations continue between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). It has been over a month since the expiration of the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and waterfront employers. In contrast to the last two contract negotiations in 2002 and 2008, cargo continues to be handled and so far negotiations are going smoothly.  On July 18, a joint press release by the ILWU and PMA stressed that the two parties had pledged to keep cargo moving. “We’re happy to see the joint press releases with the commitment to keep cargo flowing,” Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation, told “However, the continued uncertainty is still weighing on many importers and exporters. They’d rather have the certainty of a new contract in place. We hope the parties will be able to conclude the negotiations within the next several weeks.”

Source: JOC - Peter Tirschwell at

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