PMA, ILWU Reach Tentative Consensus on Health Benefits

PMA, ILWU Reach Tentative Consensus on Health Benefits

Contract talks between West Coast longshore workers and their employers moved forward July 26 when the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union announced that both parties tentatively agreed on contract terms related to health benefits. “Maintenance of health benefits is an important part of the contract being negotiated between employers represented by the PMA and workers represented by the ILWU,” both parties said in a statement. Each side has agreed not to disclose details of the tentative agreement while talks continue, and that this portion of the agreement is “subject to agreement on the other issues…
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California Ports, Stakeholders Laud Goods Movement Funding in State Budget

California Ports, Stakeholders Laud Goods Movement Funding in State Budget

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 30 signed the state’s 2023 budget, which includes $2.3 billion in funding for projects that seek to improve the supply chain. It includes $1.2 billion over two years for expanding rail yard expansions, building new bridges and upgrading to zero-emissions equipment; $110 million over three years for a workforce training facility in San Pedro Bay and $159.7 million to buy zero-emission trucks and put in charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure “We thank the governor and state Legislature for their foresight and responsiveness in including supply chain needs in the budget,” Port of Long Beach…
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Some ILWU Locals to Observe Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Some ILWU Locals to Observe Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Some International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals are choosing to observe the Juneteenth federal holiday on June 20, the labor organization announced this week. As part of their contract, the 30 ILWU locals are allowed to take one stop-work meeting every month as long as employers get advanced notice. This month, dockworkers at the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma plan to use the stop-work meeting during the day shift to commemorate the end of slavery in 1865. Work will resume with the evening shift, the ILWU said. “I am incredibly proud of my union’s history…
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PMA, ILWU Contract Talks Set To Begin May 10

PMA, ILWU Contract Talks Set To Begin May 10

Officials representing West Coast dockworkers and their employers are expected to begin talks for a new labor contract today, May 10, in San Francisco. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union representing over 22,000 dockworkers across 29 ports on the West Coast, and the Pacific Maritime Association, the group representing marine terminals and ocean carriers, are expected to meet daily to hammer out a new contract before the current one expires at 5 p.m. on July 1. The PMA and ILWU have been careful not to discuss the nuances of contract talks publicly, but leaders from both sides have…
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