Late yesterday, January 5th, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) joined the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) in requesting federal mediation in its contract negotiations that started back in May. Soon after, Allison Beck, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) stated in a press release, “In response to a joint request for assistance from the parties, collective bargaining between ILWU and PMA representatives will continue as soon as possible under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).”
The FMCS also specified that Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh, a senior FMCS mediator with “extensive collective bargaining experience in this industry,” will help the parties bring these important negotiations to a mutually acceptable resolution.
This is an encouraging development in the negotiations that had stalled in recent months and one that we hope will bring about a swift resolution to the matter. The FMCS is not releasing information regarding future meeting dates and stated it will have no further comment at this time regarding the status or substance of the negotiations.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as events progress.
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