May 27, 2015 ILWU PMA Contract Officially Approved 5/26/15 After months of ongoing negotiations and continued congestion on the West Coast the ILWU PMA contract is officially approved. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced Friday May 22, 2015 that West Coast Longshore workers have officially voted to ratify the tentative contract agreement that was reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The new 5-year agreement was passed by a vast majority, with 82% of the ILWU members voting in favor of the new agreement which is now set to expire on July 1, 2019. “The negotiations for this contract were some of the longest and most difficult in our recent history,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Membership unity and hard work by the Negotiating Committee made this fair outcome possible.” (Full ILWU statement here.) The PMA also voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new five-year contract with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. PMA President and CEO Jim McKenna issued a statement following the ILWU’s approval of the new five year contact. “This contract provides an important framework for the hard work ahead to overcome new competitive challenges and to continue to position the West Coast ports as destinations of choice for shippers worldwide.” He went on to say, “our interests are aligned in ensuring they can effectively, and efficiently, handle the capacity growth that drives economies and jobs.” (Full PMA statement here.) The contract ratification concludes ongoing negations that date back to May of last year.