There is not much to report on this subject. By all reports, negotiations are proceeding amicably and, despite working without a contract, there have been no related disruptions at West Coast marine terminals. Certainly a welcomed development!
Over the past month, negotiations have been on hiatus three times. Last week’s break was to allow the union to caucus. Caucus affords union leadership the opportunity to present to rank-and-file members the status of negotiations thus far and to test their support or opposition to the offers on the table. The two other breaks, including the one currently in effect until Monday, August 4, are to enable the ILWU to continue unrelated negotiations in the Pacific Northwest to address an ongoing dispute between the grain handlers and the ILWU.