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Please find an excerpt below from an article published by Logistics Management updating status of the ILWU and PMA negotiations.



“As negotiations continue between the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), with their current contract set to expire at the end of June, the organizations said in a joint statement issued today that “they are unlikely to reach a deal before the July 1 expiration of the current agreement.”


The ILWU represents port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to industry estimates. The PMA represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 West Coast ports. And the contract represents more than 22,000 dockworkers at all 30 U.S. West Coast ports.


“This timing is typical, and cargo operations continue beyond the expiration of the contract,” said ILWU and PMA. “Neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout, contrary to speculation in news reports. The parties remain focused on and committed to reaching an agreement.”

Negotiations between the parties kicked off on May 10, with the ILWU and PMA saying negotiations will continue until a new agreement is reached.


What’s more, ILWU and PMA said that in a June 10 meeting aboard the Battleship U.S.S. Iowa in San Pedro, California with President Biden, they discussed various issues, including supply chain congestion and also their shared commitment to reach a collective bargaining agreement that is fair to both parties.


On a Port of Los Angeles (POLA)-hosted media call earlier today, Gene Seroka, POLA Executive Director, said that he is confident a deal between the parties will get done.



We will continue to monitor and share updates as they are provided to the industry by the parties involved.





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