Negotiations have begun in the contract renewal governing longshore labor on the US West Coast. The contract parties are the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). By all accounts the negotiations had a positive start. That being said, a new contract is not expected prior to the current contract’s expiration of June 30, 2014.
Last month, we covered the two most significant negotiation topics, jurisdiction over waterfront jobs and the pending tax on the union’s “Cadillac” healthcare plan. If you need a refresher, click here.
Additionally, the Journal of Commerce prepared an excellent FAQ on the subject. Please read it here.
Meanwhile, cargo advancements and diversions are occurring as both importers and exporters are trying to stave off as much upheaval to their supply chains as possible during the negotiations and expected slowdowns and disruptions.