NEWS FLASH: ILWU, PMA reach contract agreement

NEWS FLASH: ILWU, PMA reach contract agreement

NEWS FLASH: ILWU, PMA reach contract agreement

Saturday, February 21, 2015

U.S. Labor Secretary Perez announced Friday night the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association reached an agreement on a new five-year contract.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced Friday night the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract.   Perez said container ports up and down the West Coast will resume working “full bore” on Saturday but said he did not know how long it will take to work off the backlog in container traffic.   “They understand the urgency of the task,” he said.   The agreement comes after 10 months of negotiations, slowdowns and congestion at West Coast ports that have resulted in dozens of ships sitting at anchor or circling off shore.   Details of the agreement have not been released, but details about the contract itself are still unknown. “After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good for workers and for the industry,” stated PMA President James McKenna, and ILWU President Bob McEllrath in a joint statement.

The deal comes just days after U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to assist both parties in reaching an agreement.