Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Dockworkers Set to Vote on Tentative Pact
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - More updates regarding ongoing port negotiations have come across our desks, as workers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, will be heading to the polls this week to voice their opinions on the tentative six-year labor contract their union and employers agreed to in June.
As Daily Breeze reported, the tentative contract would apply to dockworkers at ports all along the United States West Coast and reportedly would provide a 32 percent pay increase through 2028. This also includes a one-time “hero bonus” for working through the pandemic.
The pact followed a negotiation process that lasted 13 months. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) port-wide caucus delegates met earlier this summer in Long Beach to weigh in with an initial assessment before calling for the membership-wide vote; those sessions consisted of delegates who reviewed the tentative agreement to make a recommendation to the rank and file membership.
In-person voting is scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 15–17 at the ILWU Memorial Hall in WIlmington, California.
Full details of the contract have not been made public, pending completion of the process, and the Pacific Maritime Association also must approve the deal.
A final approval and announcement is expected in the fall, so be sure to click on ANUK for more updates.