By  on July 30, 2008

Negotiators for West Coast shippers and the longshoremen’s union reached a preliminary, six-year agreement to replace a contract that expired July 1 and ensure that operations at the region’s 29 ports aren’t disrupted.

Details of the new accord for about 26,000 International Warehouse and Longshore Union workers at the California, Oregon and Washington State ports were not released pending a vote on the contract. Barring unforeseen developments, the membership is expected to go along with their leaders.

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