Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

International Longshore & Warehouse Union delegates on Friday recommended approval of a tentative agreement reached in February between the union and employers at 29 West Coast ports represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The proposed five-year contract, which covers about 20,000 dockworkers, was approved Feb. 20 after a contentious 10-month negotiating process.

The 90 delegates at the Coast Longshore Caucus held this week in San Francisco reviewed the proposal line-by-line before recommending passage by a 78 percent majority, according to the ILWU.

“We secured a tentative agreement to maintain good jobs for dockworkers, families and communities from San Diego to Bellingham (Washington),” ILWU International President Bob McEllrath said.

Copies of the agreement will be mailed to longshore union members, who will discuss the proposal at local union meetings, then take a secret ballot membership ratification vote.

The ballots from each local union on the West Coast will be counted on May 22.

City News Service

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