West Coast Update: Tentative Agreement Reached

February 24, 2015 - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Acting Director Allison Beck issued the following statement on February 23 regarding the tentative agreement reached between representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association covering operations at 29 U.S. ports on the Pacific coast:

          "I am extremely pleased to announce today that after extensive negotiations and mediation
          provided by the FMCS and with the support and assistance of Secretary of Labor Tom Perez,
          Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, representatives
          of the ILWU and PMA have tentatively agreed to a new contract, resolving all outstanding
          issues that divided them and that have affected operations at U.S. west coast ports. Due to the
          complexity of the issues the parties had to address, these have been lengthy and at times difficult
          negotiations. The parties persevered over a long and challenging process and were ultimately
          successful in averting any further situations that could have been disruptive to shipping
          operations and to the nation's economy.

          As a result of their efforts, shippers can expect that normal operations will be restored as soon as
          possible at our nation's west coast ports. At the FMCS, we are proud and honored that we were
          able to assist the parties and contribute to this successful negotiation.

          I want especially to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of FMCS Deputy Director
          Scot Beckenbaugh, who led our Agency's efforts in assisting the ILWU and PMA in their negotiation,
          and I especially want to thank Secretary Perez and Secretary Pritzker for their leadership these past
          few days. We are grateful for their efforts and for their commitment to bringing this significant
          negotiation to a positive resolution."

Please be assured that AIReS is monitoring the situation closely and will advise any changes. If you have any questions, please contact your AIReS representative.

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