Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 will vote Feb. 6 on the proposed six-year contract that was approved by negotiators on Dec. 4.
The OCU workers who process shipping documentation at shipping line and marine terminal facilities in Los Angeles-Long Beach shut down 10 of the port complex’s 14 container terminals for eight days in late November and early December. The strike was effective because ILWU dockworkers honored the picket lines.
The OCU had been working without a contract since June 2010. The agreement was brokered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and will remain in effect until June 30, 2016.
OCU workers are among the highest-paid office workers in the country. The proposed contract will reportedly raise the average worker’s combined wages and benefits to $190,000 a year.
OCU negotiators said the core issue in the negotiations was protection against employers using computer technology to outsource their work. Employers sought more flexibility in filling jobs when workers are absent, quit or retire.
The OCU members will be voting on individual contracts at each of the 14 employers. The contracts are largely similar.