Oakland, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
July 1, 2014 will mark the end of a six year, tensely negotiated contract between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association. According to a recent article appearing in the Journal of Commerce on June 17, 2014, the main issues are a bit surprising as wages, always important, are not thought to be front and center this time around. In the Journal’s opinion, there are three major issues the union is anxious to address.
In the opinion of West Coast Shipping, there are several possible outcomes:
West Coast Shipping is advising its clients to plan ahead and where possible, arrange earlier deliveries and map out alternative routes. The management of West Coast Shipping is staying abreast of the talks and encouraging both sides to reach an early agreement. The company believes there is little for either side to gain by striking, while there is much for both sides to lose. In the event there is a strike, the company is prepared to ship customer cargo through Houston or New York and will strive to keep everyone informed as the talks develop.