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The tentative contract reached on July 28 by negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association promises six years of peace and stability at West Coast ports, beginning immediately.
Upon announcement of the proposed agreement, the ILWU confirmed that it has agreed to extend the previous contract, which expired on July 1, until the general membership votes on the new agreement. This will resurrect the contract's no-strike clause and should prevent work slowdowns, which employers said hurt productivity during negotiations.
Spokesmen for the PMA and the union are withholding details of the tentative contract …