According to multiple media sources, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have begun a scheduled break in their ongoing contract negotiations, effective from July 28 through August 1. Both parties have agreed to resume talks in San Francisco on Monday, August 4. According to a joint-statement, "while there is no contract extension in place, both parties have pledged to keep cargo moving."
This is the second planned break in two weeks for the ILWU and PMA, who are working towards a new master contract which will govern approximately 20,000 longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports. The current recess was called to allow ILWU officers to attend to unrelated negotiations with grain elevator operators in the Pacific Northwest.
“We’re happy to see the joint press releases with the commitment to keep cargo flowing,” commented Jonathan Gold, Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy for the National Retail Federation, in remarks to the Journal of Commerce. “However, the continued uncertainty is still weighing on many importers and exporters. They’d rather have the certainty of a new contract in place. We hope the parties will be able to conclude the negotiations within the next several weeks."
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers informed of the latest developments. If you have any questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.