With contract negotiations set to begin May 12 between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Retail Industry Leaders Association sent a letter to the presidents of both organizations urging them to take all necessary steps to avoid costly work stoppages and strikes stemming from a protracted labor dispute and secure a contract before the expiration of the current agreement on June 30.
The letter, addressed to James McKenna, president of PMA, and Robert McEllrath, president of the ILWU, stressed the importance of preserving the reliability of the West Coast ports and the role they play as important channels in retail supply chains.
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