Dear Valued Customer,
on Feb. 20, 2015, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) issued a joint release that they had reached the tentative coastwide contract agreement covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports for five years, after more than nine months of negotiations.
The tentative agreement is subject to ratification of both parties. The process of ILWU ratification of the proposed contract will begin in March. During the several months process, work continues as normal at all the ports.
The cargo and vessel backlogs at West Coast ports are expected to take months to clear. The ports and employers predict it could be two to three months before LA/LB is completely back to normal.