Labor Negotiations Update

 In Breaking News, Industry Insider, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

The negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association expired yesterday, Tuesday, July 1st at 5 p.m. (PST) without reaching an agreement on a new contract.  In a joint statement, the ILWU and PMA said “while there will be no contract extension, cargo will keep moving, and normal operations will continue at the ports until an agreement can be reached.”  Despite the lack of an extension, terms and conditions under the current contract remain in place.  There is no indication at this time that either side wants to take a “strike” action or stop negotiations.

For months, both sides have indicated that talks were likely to extend into July, after the contract expired.  The ILWU-PMA joint statement also stated “both sides understand the strategic importance of the ports to the local, regional and U.S. economies, and are mindful of the need to finalize a new coast-wide contract as soon as possible to ensure continuing confidence in the West Coast ports and avoid any disruption to the jobs and commerce they support.”

We are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you posted if the situation changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Allison Burak, Customer Service & Project Manager, aburak@tbgfs.com