West Coast longshore union agrees to contract talks with maritime association

Longshore union members voted in California this week to enter into discussions with representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association regarding a potential contract extension. Union delegates from Bellingham to San Diego participated in the vote.

The maritime association proposed talks earlier this year for a contract that ends in 2019, said PMA spokesman Wade Gates in an email.

“As a next step, we will schedule a time in the next 30-60 days for PMA and ILWU leadership to discuss the topic,” Gates said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s coast longshore division represents around 20,000 workers on the West Coast.