ILWU and PMA – Committed to Negotiate and Reach Agreement on US West Coast Port Labor

With the current shipping congestion and delays, a lot of attention has been given to the upcoming West Coast Port labor agreement.  The current agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expires on July 1st, 2022. 

​​​​​​Members of the ILWU and PMA met with President Joe Biden on Friday June 10th on the U.S.S. Iowa battleship in San Pedro California to discus current supply chain issues and their shared commitment to reach a new agreement between dockworkers at all 30 US West Coast Ports and the employers who operate marine terminals and shipping lines. 

Both the PMA and ILWU agree that is is unlikely to reach a new agreement before the current contract expires.  Cargo operations are to continue beyond the expiration of the contract and neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout.  

We will continue to provide updates on any new developments.