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20 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE APRIL 20.2014 CONTAINER SHIPPING SPECIAL REPORT U.S. WEST COAST shippers are breathing a much-needed sigh of relief after Interna- tional Longshore and Warehouse Union delegates voted in favor of recommend- ing the tentative five-year agreement with waterfront employers to rank-and-file members. The rank and file still could reject the tentative contract reached on Feb. 20, but the landside endorsement from the caucus reduces the chances of that happening. Delegates this month are expected to discuss the proposal with members at their respective ports before the rank and file takes the ratification vote by secret bal- lot. Votes will be tabulated on May 22, the ILWU said in a statement. Seventy-eight percent of the 90 delegates voted in favor of recommending the agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association to members. "This agreement required 10 months of negotiations — the longest in recent history ILWU TO MEMBERS: JOC Staff With delegates recommending passage, it's now up to the rank and file to vote on the proposed West Coast longshore contract

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