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PMA vs. ILWU: Negotiations Jeopardized, Ports Congested

Posted November 05, 2014

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(The Maritime Executive)

On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), said that the ILWU has initiated orchestrated slowdowns at the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle and Tacoma, severely impacting many of the largest terminals during the peak holiday shipping season.

In response, the ILWU states that the PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion problem that is plaguing major West Coast ports. Read more here.