ILWU West Coast Negotiations Update

By: Bill Mongelluzzo | April 15 2014

Pacific Maritime Association President Jim McKenna said today the U.S. West Coast employers’ organization will begin contract negotiations with the ILWU on May 12, an announcement that should silence calls from retailers urging an early start to negotiations.

Also, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition urged the two sides to do whatever is necessary to avoid work slowdowns or work stoppages, including extending the existing contract if negotiations continue beyond July 1, as they are expected to do. When the contract expires, the “no-strike” clause in the agreement ends with it.

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