June 1, 2014
Pacific Maritime Association Impending Strike
As some of you may know, there is an anticipated strike from employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), set for July 6th. The strike comes as the six-year contract with the International Longshoremen Workers Union (ILWU) concludes on June 30th.

The Pacific Maritime Association is said to remain on strike until an agreement can be reached. It is rumored that employers are looking to negotiate a minimum of a three-year contract, but are holding onto hope for another six-year contract that would replace the expiring contact.

Retailers and other interest groups have already voiced their preference of a longer contract renewal. This is due to the stability that the longer contract provides at the docks. Multiple trade groups have pressed the International Longshoremen Workers Union and Pacific Maritime Association for an early conclusion to the negotiations, but a quick resolution seems unlikely at this point. Pacific Maritime Association President, Jim McKenna, believes an agreement could be reached by mid-July.

With the pending strike, Sempermed’s logistical team has been and will continue to take precautions towards reducing the impact on inventory for both the company and our customers. Sempermed’s logistical team has made specials agreements for West Coast shipments when feasible in hopes to eliminate disruption to the supply chain. At Sempermed, we will continue to support you through these trying circumstances. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Sempermed Territory Manager.