Uncertain prospect for 2014 ILWU-PMA agreement
ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) are eyeing negotiations for the 2014 contract. The ILWU, for their part, believe it will be more collaborative and less confrontational than previous negotiations - witness the lockout in 2002. However, the deteriorating relationship between the ILWU and AFL-CIO could throw a monkey wrench into contract talks between West Coast maritime labor and management. Considering that the East Coast's ILA (International Longshoremen's Association) is also an AFL-CIO member, the entire face of waterfront labor and indeed US labor could be impacted.