As the Journal of Commerce reports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union did not reach a contract agreement by 5 p.m. yesterday. In a joint statement yesterday, the ILWU and PMA assured that there will be no cargo-handling disruption and that negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will continue .
Both sides understand the strategic importance of the ports to the local, regional and US economies, and are mindful of the need to finalize a new coast-wide contract as soon as possible to ensure continuing confidence in the West Coast ports and avoid any disruption to the jobs and commerce they support.
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