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US west coast dockworkers reject contract extension, seek talks

International Longshore and Warehouse Union readies for next year's wage talks after turning down the Pacific Maritime Association's proposal for a one-year extension of labor contracts.

The union representing about 15,000 dockworkers at the US' largest ports declined an offer by employers to extend existing labor contracts for a year, setting the stage for heated negotiations.

The Pacific Maritime Association – which represents 70 ocean carriers and terminals operating at 29 West Coast ports – proposed extending its current agreement with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for another year through July 1, 2023, it said in a Nov. 16 letter to the ILWU seen by Bloomberg News. 

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