West Coast groups set date for early contract talks

Current labor contract does not expire until July 1, 2019.

The Pacific Maritime Assn. (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced in a joint statement Sept. 27 that they have agreed to discuss the concept of a labor contract extension.

The talks have been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1- 2, 2016. The current contract covering 29 West Coast ports does not expire until July 1, 2019, but stakeholders have been encouraging early negotiations between the two groups.

ILWU and PMA said no additional commen

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