West Coast labor union could allow early contract negotiations

Ag groups hopeful contract talks will begin in order for U.S. to remain a reliable global supplier.

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents about 20,000 dock workers at 29 West Coast ports, will meet Aug. 10-12 in San Francisco, Cal., to decide whether to begin talks now on an extension of its contract with the Pacific Maritime Assn. (PMA), which represents port facility owners.

PMA and ILWU signed a five-year contract in early 2015 – retroactive to July 1, 2014 – after protracted labor talks and a nearly four-month work slowdown that negatively

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