PMA, ILWU labour talks develop as agreement reached on health benefits

Drone shot of a massive container ship arriving in the Port of Long Beach, California.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced that they have reached a tentative agreement on terms for health benefits, subject to agreement on the other issues in the negotiations.

Maintenance of health benefits (MOB) is an important part of the contract being negotiated between employers represented by the PMA and workers represented by the ILWU.

The contract being negotiated covers more than 22,000 longshore workers at 29 US West Coast ports.

The previous agreement expired at 5.00 PM on 1 July, 2022.

READ: ILWU contract concern pushing box imports to US East Coast

Negotiations continue on other issues.

Talks began on 10 May and are continuing. In June, the two parties refuted any potential lockout.

The parties have agreed not to discuss the terms of this tentative agreement as negotiations continue.

The Port of Oakland’s marine terminals are open once again and operating normally. They have resumed operations since 23 July, after several days of disruption by truck drivers protesting the gig worker law AB5.

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