May 26, 2015 - West Coast longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new five-year agreement that will expire on July 1, 2019. The previous contract was ratified in 2008 with a vote of 75% in favor.
“NSGA actively worked on behalf of retailer and team dealer members to encourage labor and management to reach this agreement,” said NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson. “We want to thank all of our members who wrote letters encouraging the negotiating partners to reach a fair solution.”
The new agreement provides approximately 20,000 good-paying jobs in 29 West Coast port communities. The contract will maintain excellent health benefits, improve wages, pensions and job safety protections, limit outsourcing of jobs, and provide an improved system for resolving job disputes.
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