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March 27, 2015/  Volume 2015, Issue 8

Will the West Coast Port Contract Be Ratified?

Dear Valued Customer,


Today the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association has forwarded a communication from Peter Friedmann of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, which opines that there are concerns as to whether or not the recent tentative contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will be ratified. His message is appended below:


Leaders of the ILWU from the entire coast will meet in a "Caucus" next week to review the contract.

Should they decide to recommend that the contract be agreed upon, it will be submitted to the ILWU Rank and File for a 90 day review. And a vote by secret ballot.


A vocal portion of the ILWU's Oakland local has expressed strong opposition to the contract. It is unclear whether this sentiment is shared by most of the Oakland local, or by significant numbers of the rank-and-file up and down the coast. But it must be taken seriously, and suggests ratification of the contract cannot be taken for granted. We believe that US Sec. of Labor, Tom Perez, instrumental in gaining the agreement several weeks ago, is monitoring this closely. But a word of warning - we cannot presume that this contract is a "done deal" at this point.


Peter Friedmann

Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assoc. - The PCC

1120 G Street, NW, Suite 1020  Washington, D.C. 20005

tel: 202-783-3333   fax: 202-783-4422



This is not the kind of news that we want to hear at a time when the West Coast ports are still digging containers out of a mountain of congestion. We remain hopeful that the union rank and file will ratify the contract and get the West Coast ports back on track as soon as possible to the desired levels of efficiency to serve the Trade industry whose businesses have been battered and bruised with horrendous delays and huge losses of revenues for the better part of the past year.


Meanwhile, James J. Boyle & Co. will continue to keep our customers apprised of the situation  at the West Coast ports. 


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