Fast Facts

  • The principal business of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) is to negotiate and administer labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). PMA’s 72 members are cargo carriers, terminal operators and stevedores that operate along the U.S. West Coast.
  • The PMA and the ILWU are in the midst of a six-year labor contract that runs from 2008-2014.
  • Despite some fluctuations in recent years, containerized cargo movement through West Coast ports has risen dramatically in the past two decades – to a total of just over 15 million loaded container TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). As a result, West Coast port operations (including non-containerized cargo such as bulk and autos) support 8 million U.S. jobs, according to a 2008 report.
  • The domestic business impact of West Coast port trade is roughly equivalent to the GDP of Canada or South Korea.
  • As of December 2012, PMA members employed nearly 14,000 registered longshore, clerk and foreman workers at 29 West Coast ports in California, Oregon and Washington, and thousands more “casual” workers, who typically work part-time. Since the 2002 agreement that brought the widespread use of technology to the West Coast, the registered workforce has increased by 32 percent.
  • Average full-time wages for fully registered workers top $142,000 annually. Among individual job classes, the figures for 2012 were as follows:
    • Longshore: $132,946
    • Clerk: $149,800
    • Foreman/walking boss: $206,675
  • ILWU members receive a non-wage benefits package costing more than $82,000 per worker. This package includes fully paid health care for workers, retirees and their families with no premiums, no in-network deductibles and 100 percent coverage of basic hospital, medical and surgical benefits.

These facts and others may be found in the 2012 PMA Annual Report.