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January 7, 2015/  Volume 2015, Issue 1

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to Mediate ILWU and PMA Contract Negotiations

Dear Valued Customer,


The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has issued a News Release dated January 5, 2015 stating that they will mediate the collective bargaining between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) at the request for assistance from both parties. The FMCS stated "We are prepared and ready to render prompt assistance."


This comes as good news to the Trade as the FMCS has been known to be effective in helping resolve prior West Coast and East Coast port labor contract disputes. The PMA had first requested mediation on December 22 and renewed that call on December 29, saying that the ILWU had misrepresented the amount of progress in the talks and that "significant issues remain unresolved, including wages, pensions, jurisdiction and work rules.


However, the ILWU delayed their request for mediation and instead demanded that carrier members of the PMA's board of directors get directly involved in the talks in order to get negotiations over the finish line.


The FMCS only gets involved if both parties agree to mediation, and the joint request for a mediator announced by the FMCS came after the PMA said last week that it was reducing the number of longshoremen it was hiring to work on discharging and loading containerships in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in a move to slow the flow of containers off of ships so that congestion within the container terminals could be eased.


Industry groups welcomed the news and have praised both sides for agreeing to mediation. The FMCS stated that Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh, a senior FMCS mediator with extensive collective bargaining experience in this industry, has been assigned to help the parties bring these important negotiations to a mutually acceptable resolution. Since the FMCS does not share the progress of the negotiations with the public, updates are expected to be few.


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