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May 02, 2017

West Coast longshore union to vote on extending contract to 2022

International Longshore and Warehouse Union delegates from 29 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA, to Bellingham, met last week week in San Francisco to review a wide range of issues, including an employer-initiated proposal to extend the 2014-2019 collective bargaining agreement between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The current contract will expire on July 1, 2019. A majority of Longshore Caucus delegates voted on April 28 to refer the employer's proposed extension to a ratification vote by the membership.

The PMA proposal would extend the contract until July 1, 2022, with a 3.1 percent yearly wage increase.

"One of the ILWU's Guiding Principles is that the rank-and-file members will make the best decision when they have the facts and an opportunity to decide for themselves, and that's how this will be decided," said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

"The rank-and-file membership always have the final say on any contract including this non-precedent-setting proposed extension," McEllrath said.

The vote will occur on a schedule according to the union's internal rules.

Source: ILWU