New complications surface in West Coast dockside labor talks

Pacific Northwest trucker's action creates new layer of complexity

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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)  have agreed to take a 72-hour break from negotiations on a new coast-wide contract while the ILWU attends to an unrelated negotiation taking place in the Pacific Northwest.

During this break, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, through 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, the parties have agreed to extend the previous six-year contract, which expired last week. 

The PMA and ILWU are negotiating a new contract covering nearly 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports.

Unionized truckers at the Port of Vancouver are threatening a reprise of their strike staged last March if the port fails to contain non-union competition. As reported here yesterday, truckers in Southern California have also been a concern to shippers seeking stability on the West Coast.


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Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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