Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 18-08
Date: Jul 30 2008
Contact: Shannon Russell
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

Statement from Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton Concerning the West Coast Pact

Washington, DC -- Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton today congratulated the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on reaching a tentative agreement for work at the ports on the West Coast of the United States and released the following statement:

“The cooperation of the PMA and the ILWU is vital as nearly half of the Nation’s import and export trade moves through West Coast ports. This agreement will keep the ports operating, boosting both the shipping industry and the overall economy.”