West Coast dockworkers, employers will get deal this summer, labor boss says

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Source: Press Telegram

Dockworkers at the U.S.’s West Coast ports and their employers will likely reach an agreement when their current contract expires this summer, International Longshore and Warehouse Union International President Willie Adams said.

“It takes a collaboration and we will get there. It’s like a marriage, right? There are bumps, there’s ups and downs, but you’ve got to enjoy the ride,” Adams said Tuesday of the union’s relationship with ocean carriers and terminal operators, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association.

It’s just part of the collective bargaining process, he said. “If it was that bad, we wouldn’t be setting records. And billions and billions of dollars have been made,” Adams said in a pre-taped video with Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

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