Progress made in US west coast dockworker discussions

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said late last week that it had reached a tentative agreement with employers at the Pacific Maritime Association on certain key issues relating to a deal being sought at US west coast ports, including Los Angeles and Long Beach. Negotiations are ongoing. An earlier contract expired on July 1st last year. Discussions are prioritizing wages and the role of automation.

Earlier this month, many workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach failed to turn up to work, which resulted in terminals being shut down for a day and a half.