Congressman Lowenthal Statement On Labor Secretary Assistance In ILWU/PMA Talks

February 26, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal issued the following statement today regarding the White House announcement that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez would travel to California to meet with representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to urge them to resolve their dispute quickly at the bargaining table:

"I am extremely encouraged that the Secretary is going to California to help resolve the West Coast negotiations.

"Both the ILWU and the PMA have said they see a pathway to a settlement that will benefit both sides.

"The ILWU and the PMA should be applauded for getting this close to a final deal. Now, with the help of Secretary Perez, I hope they can quickly close the deal and get a new contract done.

"This is a positive step, not just for the ILWU and PMA, but for the nation."