Last Wednesday the office clerical units of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILW) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles finally approved the tentative contract with their employers. With the agreement in place, labor negotiations finally reached the conclusion of a contract battle that began in the Spring of 2010.
In early February, all 16 bargaining units under the ILW failed to approve the contract. The failed vote erased much of the progress from last year’s negotiations, which ended a week long strike that shut down 70 percent of the terminals at the two ports.With 8 billion dollars in lost local revenues from the strike that occurred last December, many were worried of the outcome of a second strike. The strike ended last year when the workers’ 40-member negotiating group voted unanimously in favor of a tentative agreement with their employers.
Fortunately, the two weeks of extended negotiations did not affect cargo handling in the ports. With an agreement secured, operations in two of the nation’s largest ports can continue with confidence.