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U.S. West Coast port labor talks to begin on Tuesday – Metro US

U.S. West Coast port labor talks to begin on Tuesday

Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of
Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The union representing some 22,000 West Coast port workers will sit down for its first meeting of new contract talks with employers on Tuesday, according to a news release tweeted by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Dispatcher newspaper.

The current contract between ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group expires on July 1 and covers workers at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington state. The majority of workers are based at the busiest U.S. seaport complex at Los Angeles/Long Beach, which is clearing backups from a pandemic-related surge in imports.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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