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US port negotiations will continue into August

Port workers on the US West Coast and their employers have not yet been able to agree on a new contract. The negotiations will continue into August, but the parties promise that cargoes will not be affected.

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The negotiation for a new contract between US port workers on the West Coast and their employers has been put on hold these days, but the talks will resume today, Wednesday, and will likely continue into August, says the port workers' union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, ILWU, on its website.

Together with the PMA - the Pacific Maritime Association - the unions demand new contractual terms for the around 20,000 workers, a process that has so far not succeeded since the old contract expired on July 1st. The negotiations have been ongoing since then, and both the ILWU and the PMA put the talks on hold Monday and Tuesday so that the ILWU could participate in another arrangement in San Francisco. According to the parties, the negotiations will resume today, Wednesday, and the unions add that:

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