(Rachel Uranga – Long Beach Press Telegram)
West Coast dockworkers are close to approving a contract extension nearly two years before it expires, a move hailed by retailers and shippers who want to avert labor strife that could hurt the wider economy.
On Friday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said preliminary results from a vote taken earlier this month showed 67 percent of their members support extending their current five-year contract until 2022.
The news comes nearly three years after contentious negotiations resulted in a major backlog of cargo ships outside the harbor.
“Nobody wants to see a repeat of the problems that were experienced in 2014-2015, and this remarkable sign of good faith on the part of both labor and management ensures that such a situation will be avoided,” said Jon Gold of the National Retail Federation. Click here to read more.