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West Coast Port Operators Ratify New Contract

(Molly Harbarger – The Oregonian)

West Coast port operators ratified a new five-year contract Wednesday with longshore workers. The contract will be finalized once the longshore union does the same.

The agreement came after nine months of slow work at 29 West Coast ports, including Portland. In February, the association that represents all the port operators came to a tentative agreement with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, with the help of federal intervention. Wednesday's vote by the Pacific Maritime Association moves the parties one step closer to the new contract terms.

The contract would be retroactively dated to July 1, 2014, when the previous contract expired. The five-year cycle ends June 30, 2019. Click here to read more.