West Coast Contract Negotiations
By: Bill Mongelluzzo | March 04 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.
Employers as well as the ILWU recognize that other ports are competing fiercely for discretionary cargo that could move just as easily through Canada or the U.S. East Coast, and they understand that the loss of market share translates to lost work opportunities and declining profits.
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