West Coast ports need 'predictability and reliability'

Current meetings focusing on contract extension, not contract renegotiation.

At the recent U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) strategic planning conference, James McKenna, president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), addressed key issues affecting the movement of meat exports through U.S. West Coast ports, including the increasingly scrutinized process of contract negotiations.

McKenna had just completed the first round of talks with representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on a possible

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