Dockworkers on the West Coast approved a contract extension on Friday, two years before it was set to expire.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said in a statement that 67% of its 20,000 members at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington voted in favor of extending the contract with the Pacific Maritime Assn. to July 1, 2022. The previous agreement was set to expire July 1, 2019.
The contract ensures an increase in wages and pensions and maintains health benefits, according to a news release.
“The rank-and-file membership has made their decision and expressed a clear choice,” Robert McEllrath, International Longshore Warehouse Union international...