US West coast labour negotiations to start in May

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Negotiations on a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are set to begin in May, prior to the expiration of the existing agreement on June 30. The ILWU in this negotiation represents approximately 14,000 port workers in California, Oregon, and Washington, with more than 40 percent of U.S. incoming container traffic moving through West Coast ports at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to industry estimates. The PMA represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 West Coast ports.  ILWU’s top executive is expressing optimism that a new deal will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.

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