International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have ratified the five-year contract agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).  The contract was confirmed on Friday, May 22, 2015, more than a year since negotiations began, and will be retroactive to the previous contract’s July 1, 2014 expiration, remaining valid through July 1, 2019.

The agreement was passed by a large majority of union voters and will finally close the chapter on some of the most disruptive and hostile negotiations the U.S. West Coast trade has seen.  Terms of the contract included increased pay, improved benefits and retirement package, as well as jurisdictional issues related to chassis and maintenance repair.  Congestion at West Coast terminals, primarily in Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been steadily improving.

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