West Coast dockworkers to continue negotiating through the holiday
July 3, 2002,
New York — Home textiles suppliers and retailers that are anxiously monitoring the situation between West Coast dockworkers and the shipping companies have neither cause to celebrate nor cause to weep just yet as talks continue between the two entities.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have met several times over the last several weeks to negotiate, but no agreement has been reached yet over the extremely sensitive issues of the job security and benefits.
"They're talking and that's good," Lanier said, noting both organizations met again yesterday and are scheduled to meet throughout the long holiday weekend. "I think the pressure from public officials, the press and everyone else, has really made both sides buck up and say, 'We really have to sit down and work this out.'"