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World Port Unions Challenge West-Coast Tactics

(Will Waters – Lloyd’s Loading List)

Representatives of worldwide dockworkers’ unions meeting in London have pledged their support for the ILWU in the west-coast contract talks and questioned employer representative PMA’s commitment to a fair and negotiated settlement.

The talks between the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) began in May and cover 29 ports the length of the U.S. west coast whose dockworkers are represented by the union. The talks are conducted under a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to negotiate around the table, not in the media. Read more here.