Tentative Agreement Reached Covering 25,000 Workers at 29 West Coast Ports

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Contacts: Kevin Elliott, PMA, 415 281 7150 office 415 307 1252 mobile
Craig Merrilees, ILWU, 415 775 0533, ext. 113 office 510 774 5325 mobile

Tentative Agreement Reached Covering 25,000 workers at 29 West Coast Ports; Port Operations to Return to Normal

A joint statement from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association

San Francisco (July 28, 2008) – After a marathon weekend bargaining session, leaders from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced a preliminary agreement on terms for a new six year contract covering more than 25,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports. The leaders shook hands in San Francisco over the proposed agreement on Monday.

The agreement is subject to ratification by the ILWU and PMA membership. The ILWU and PMA have agreed to extend the previous agreement and resume normal port operations.

ILWU President Bob McEllrath and PMA President Jim McKenna said the proposed agreement meets the needs of both workers and the industry. It allows West Coast ports to be competitive and provides the good jobs that workers and communities need.

The parties have agreed not to discuss details of the agreement until the ILWU and PMA leadership teams have communicated with their respective membership.

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