TIA Requests Earlier West Coast Labor Negotiations

TIA joined 125 industry stakeholders on a letter to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), encouraging those two entities to engage in early contract negotiations.

A long and contentious negotiation for the most recent long-term labor contract between the two groups led to a massive cargo backup on the U.S. West Coast in 2015.

This backup had major economic impacts for shippers, carriers, logistics companies, and consumers.

This letter calls on the PMA (representing cargo carriers, terminal operators, and employers at 29 West Coast ports) and the ILWU (representing the longshoremen, clerks, and foremen at those ports) to develop a new model for future negotiations, and was spearheaded by the National Retail Federation.