West Coast Labor Peace: Unions Ratify New Six Year Contract

August 31, 2023

The International Longshoreman and Warehouse Workers Unions representing 22,000 dock workers at 29 West Coast ports approved the new labor contract just before Labor Day. The contract was approved with 75 percent of workers voting in favor of the new deal that includes a 32 percent pay increase and a bonus for working through the COVID pandemic.

The unrest at West Coast ports during contentious contract talks cost West Coast ports business, as shippers opted for ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to avoid any disruptions in supply chains from labor slowdowns. Recognizing the loss of commerce at West Coast ports, the new contract provides a framework “to overcome competitive challenges” resulting from the import fallout at the ports during labor talks.

The new contract runs through July 1, 2028.

For more information, please contact Bill Sells, SVP Government Relations & Public Affairs, at [email protected].

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