Longshore Division Contracts

The basic documents of the Longshore Division are the Pacific Coast Longshore and Clerks Agreements, Walking Bosses and Foremen’s Agreement and Marine Safety Code, which are negotiated by the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), an organization of stevedore companies, ports and shipping companies. These contracts establish uniform rates of pay, hours of work, important worker safety provisions and protections. They also establish benefits such as pensions, health insurance, holidays, vacations, pay guarantees, and define the longshore jurisdiction of the ILWU: that is, the right of the union to represent all workers engaged in longshore division work  on the Pacific Coast

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