Tentative agreement reached on West Coast port labor contract

IARN — Last night, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced a tentative agreement on a six-year contract. The agreement, which covers all of the West Coast ports, brings an end to a year-long negotiation that recently turned sour.

Since June 1, work stoppages have slowed cargo movement and at times effectively shut down some container terminals. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom said the tentative contract agreement is tremendous news for U.S. red meat exporters and their overseas customers.

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