West Coast Labor Talks Continue as Deadline Nears

By: Bill Mongelluzzo | June 30 2014 

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continued today, although reaching an agreement by the deadline of 5 p.m. on July 1 does not look likely. Nevertheless, no one is panicking and disruption does not appear imminent.Wages, safety, jurisdiction and health care appear to be the main issues under discussion. In past negotiations, wages and safety issues were usually resolved without a great deal of conflict.Jurisdiction, however, is becoming more important because technology and automation are changing the workplace environment, with some jobs being eliminated and other jobs being created that require special skill sets.

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