The contract between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) governing West Coast dockworkers was approved by both parties last month. But, that does not mean operations are back to normal, whatever normal is these days.
Remember when terminal operators and ocean carriers reference “returning to normal,” they are talking about vessel operations, which are normalizing, but not normal. The rest of us are talking about yard and gate operations, which remain stubbornly choked.
But, then, how is it supposed to return to normal when there are days that less than 10% of the registered longshoremen make themselves available to work? The retroactive compensation and wage increases are not expected to improve the availability. Quite the contrary, they are expected to lessen the availability.