29 Jul IL&WU and PMA Suspend Contract Talks Until Aug. 1
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have suspended negotiations for a new contract until Aug. 1 so that the union can resume unrelated contract negotiations in the Pacific Northwest, according to an statement issued by both parties late Friday.
The PMA and ILWU will resume their contract negotiations on Monday, Aug. 4, in San Francisco.
The previous labor contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 1. While there is no contract extension in place, both parties have pledged to keep cargo moving.
The coast-wide labor contract is between employers who operate port terminals and shipping lines represented by the PMA and dockworkers represented by the ILWU. The parties have negotiated a West Coast collective bargaining agreement since the 1930s.