Pacific Maritime Association

15 Apr 2014
Pacific Maritime Association President Jim McKenna said today the U.S. West Coast employers’ organization will begin contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on May 12, an announcement that should silence calls from retailers urging an early start to negotiations.
15 Apr 2014
The National Retail Federation urged the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its West Coast employers to start contract negotiations immediately and to keep bargaining even if they don’t reach a deal before the current agreement expires June 30.
07 Apr 2014
As West Coast waterfront employers prepare to enter contract negotiations in May with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, their message to the ILWU is clear: The new contract must keep West Coast ports competitive in the battle among North American ports for discretionary cargo.
Sad teddy bear
13 Mar 2014
The Toy Industry Association is advising its members to make contingency plans for their summer-fall shipments...
07 Mar 2014
APL’s President of the Americas Region Gene Seroka added his vote of cautious optimism yesterday to a growing list of industry executives who believe the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association will successfully conclude contract negotiations this summer.
Pacific Maritime Association President James McKenna talks with JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo at the JOC’s TPM conference.
05 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — An estimated $150 million annual Obamacare tax on the generous health care plans enjoyed by West Coast dockworkers may lead to only a three-year contract rather than a six-year contract to replace the existing collective bargaining agreement that expires on June 30.
James McKenna of the Pacific Maritime Association addressing an audience at the JOC’s TPM conference.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.
03 Mar 2014
The past year has been tumultuous for the U.S. maritime industry, with powerful vessel-sharing alliances deploying mega-ships to West Coast ports, terminal operators consolidating their facilities, carriers exiting the chassis business and, on the national scene, implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act.
dockworkers at the Port of Long Beach
19 Jul 2013
West Coast waterfront employers are formulating their bargaining strategy for the 2014 contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and it appears the main issues will center around pensions, health care and, especially, jurisdiction.
09 Jul 2013
The dispute over dockworker medical claims that produced a labor shortage at some West Coast ports on Monday resulted from alleged fraud and abuse of the waterfront contract rather than incompetence on the part of the benefits plan administrator, the employers’ association stated today.