International Longshore and Warehouse Union

West Coast dockworkers to vote on deal seeking labor peace

Dockworkers were given the chance Friday to vote on a new contract extension that could provide long-term labor peace at West Coast seaports, where in recent years work slowdowns and strikes have affected billions of dollars in cargo.

Union delegates for 29 ports from Washington to California voted to allow about 20,000 rank-and-file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to vote on a proposal from employers.

The deal from the Pacific Maritime Association would move the expiration date of the current contract from 2019 to 2022.

The offer includes a wage increase of 3.1 percent per year and pension increases.

The Pacific Maritime Association,...

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