ILWU Clerks Contract: What You Need to Know
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has finalized a new contract for clerical workers at West Coast ports. The new four-year agreement between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) will cover more than 14,000 workers, and is expected to bring stability to the industry after years of labor disputes.
Here`s what you need to know about the ILWU clerks contract:
1. Pay Increases
The new contract provides for immediate wage increases of 3% and 2.5% over the next two years. In the third and fourth years of the agreement, clerks will receive wage increases based on the West Coast Consumer Price Index.
2. Improved Healthcare Benefits
Under the new contract, clerks will receive an increase in employer contributions to their healthcare. This will help to offset rising healthcare costs, and ensure that workers have access to quality medical care for themselves and their families.
3. Job Protections
The new contract includes additional language to protect jobs from outsourcing or automation. This is an important safeguard for workers, who have seen the automation of many jobs in recent years.
4. Enhanced Pension Benefits
Clerks will receive enhanced pension benefits under the new contract. This includes an increase in employer contributions, and the ability to retire with full benefits at age 62. This will provide greater financial security for workers as they plan for their retirement.
5. No Disruptions to Trade
The new contract provides stability to the West Coast ports, which are critical to the flow of international trade. The four-year agreement ensures that there will be no labor disruptions that could cause delays or disruptions to trade.
In conclusion, the new ILWU clerks contract is a positive development for workers at West Coast ports. The agreement provides for wage increases, improved healthcare benefits, job protections, enhanced pension benefits, and stability for the industry. With this new contract in place, workers can focus on their jobs, and the ports can continue to provide a vital link in international trade.