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West Coast Contract Talks Resume; Trucker Strike Ends at LA-Long Beach

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) resumed July 11 after a 72-hour break to allow the ILWU to attend to an unrelated matter. The parties agreed to extend the previous contract, but only long enough to accommodate the 72-hour break. Negotiations are now being held with no contract extension in place. The contract being negotiated covers 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington.

Meanwhile, a five-day trucker strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended the night of July 11. In a statement, the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a “cooling-off period” to allow the allegations of unfair labor practices that sparked the strike to be investigated. While the strike had not shut down these ports, picketing caused a brief interruption of port operations on July 8 and contributed to congestion and delays throughout the week of July 6-11.