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ILWU LABOR AGREEMENT / NO MORE STRIKES
February 23, 2015
Ref: U.S. West Coast ILWU Labor Agreement
Dear Valued Customer:
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) representing management and the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU) representing dockworkers on the U.S. west coast jointly announced a tentative agreement for a new 5 year contract on Friday, February 20, 2015. This tentative agreement still must be ratified by the rank and file members of the ILWU; however, this development has enabled terminals to begin the task of digging out from the back log of delayed vessels and cargo that were a result of over 9 months of grueling negotiations.
It is estimated that it will take the industry an average of 8 – 12 weeks to recover from these delays and to return to a normalized operating environment although each carrier and terminal will recover at a slightly different pace. Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), California United Terminals (CUT) and Washington United Terminals (WUT) are taking every possible measure to expedite our recovery efforts to restore reliable service integrity for our valued customers.
Specifically, we have established a Task Force that is already on the ground and in place out on the west coast to spearhead the operating recovery measures to maximize the coordination of the key stakeholders including ports, terminals, railroads, truckers and chassis providers. HMM is also committed to keeping you, our valued customers, apprised of the recovery dynamics so that you can make informed supply chain decisions as the situation changes. We have recently centralized our customer service for North America in Dallas in order to enhance communications and improve efficiency as another step towards or quest for customer service excellence.
HMM would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times and to reinforce our commitment to restoring our network reliability as quickly as possible.