US West Coast Negotiators Reach Deal on
Port of Los
Talks on a new contract for West Coast
dockworkers seem to have moved forward as agreement on one of key issues has
Namely, a tentative deal has been made on
chassis repair and maintenance issue allowing the International Longshore and
Warehouse Union (ILWU) to assume control of chassis repair jobs.
The deal is expected to further facilitate
hammering out of a final contract.
ďA tentative agreement was reached on the
chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move toward
conclusion of a full agreement in the near term. However, the slowdowns
continue at the ports, as they have for months,Ē Spokesperson for Pacific
Maritime Association (PMA) Steve Getzug told World
The breakthrough agreement between ILWU and
the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) is said to have been reached during
more intensified talks over the weekend that continued into Monday.
A federal mediator has joined the
marathon-long discussions which have been ongoing for eight months without a
To date, the ILWU and PMA have reached
tentative agreements on health care and increases to pay guarantees.
That tentative agreement provides fully employer-paid
health care benefits valued at USD 35,000 per worker annually. PMA also has
proposed pay increases and pension enhancements. There are no takeaways in
the PMA proposal.
PMA warned earlier in January that the US West
Coast port operations were approaching complete gridlock which may result in
shutdown of ports.
Neither PMA nor ILWU have yet responded to
emails sent by World Maritime News seeking comment.
World Maritime News Staff
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