By  on July 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Nearly three weeks after the expiration of a key labor contract covering the West Coast ports, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association said they will take another break from negotiations.

Following a previous hiatus between July 8 and 11, both parties said they will take a break Monday and Tuesday so that the ILWU can convene its previously scheduled Longshore Division Caucus in San Francisco. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Wednesday.

Additionally, no talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1, when the ILWU will resume unrelated contract negotiations in the Pacific Northwest. The three-day break held earlier this month also allowed the ILWU to tend to the same matter in the Pacific Northwest.

The previous six-year labor contract between employers who operate port terminals and shipping lines represented by the PMA and dockworkers represented by the ILWU expired July 1. While there is no contract extension in place, the union and association have pledged to keep cargo moving.

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