One day before
it was scheduled to end its contract caucus July 26, the International
Longshore and Warehouse Union suspended negotiation with the Pacific
Maritime Association until Aug. 13, then authorized its negotiators
to request strike authorization from the rank and file.
the PMA area offices report cargo terminals continue to operate
within expected parameters and the rolling 24-hour contract extension
remains in place until Aug. 13 with no strikes, lockouts or slowdowns,
this agreement is "subject to cancellation by either party."
Joseph Miniace was "disappointed and dismayed" with
the recent union actions surrounding labor talks.
are disappointed and dismayed with the union's twin actions, suspending
talks and delegating strike authority," Miniace said. "The
delegation of authority to call a strike is a threat to an already
fragile economy. PMA's focus is to improve the ports to make them
an even stronger engine of economic growth and job creation. The
union's actions are a threat to that expansion and to the economic
well-being of millions of Americans."
comments, Miniace stated the PMA fully expects there will be normal
productivity levels on the waterfront with no work slowdowns.
By René Tankersley