After more than a year of negotiations, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday.
he 22,000 West Coast dockworkers continued to work in good faith for more than a year after their contract expired on July 1, 2022, while the parties were engaged in negotiations. The agreement was reached after many disruptions that affected shipping traffic at some of the world’s busiest ports.
This afternoon, the leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association reached a tentative agreement covering 22,000 workers and 29 West Coast ports, demonstrating once again that collective bargaining — though sometimes difficult — works.
… said acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Julie Su
The new six-year agreement covers workers at all 29 West Coast Ports and comes in the wake of recent worker strikes that forced the closure of some West Coast port facilities.
The agreement was struck with the help of Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su, who met with both sides earlier this week, according to a joint statement from the PMA and the ILWU.
Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the leadership of the ILWU and the PMA, the tentative agreement delivers important stability for workers, for employers and for our country’s supply chain.
… said Julie Su