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A fresh breeze of optimism and certainty is sweeping through the West Coast ports following the resolution of a tentative labor agreement. Coppersmith Logistics, a player in the logistics and shipping sector for almost eight decades, proudly stands committed to the West Coast ports, welcoming the six-year labor deal reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). This agreement is a major milestone impacting the entire supply chain, including us at Coppersmith Logistics.


The renewed contract is replete with crucial provisions that bolster the overall work environment, such as:


  1. An annual wage increase of 5% throughout the contract’s tenure.
  2. Enhanced health benefits for all employees.
  3. Upgraded safety measures for a more secure workspace.
  4. A commitment to inclusivity with increased hiring and promotion of women and minorities.


This progressive contract brings numerous benefits to the ILWU. It paves the way for sustainable business growth at the ports while ensuring shippers and forwarders receive unparalleled service. Additionally, it guarantees their workforce is well-rewarded and provided with top-tier health care benefits.


Coppersmith Logistics extends heartfelt gratitude to the ILWU and the PMA for their tireless dedication toward securing this mutually beneficial contract. We also appreciate the unwavering support of our valued customers throughout this journey. With the ILWU and the PMA, we look forward to delivering unparalleled customer service.


We anticipate witnessing firsthand the positive ripples this agreement will bring to the West Coast ports. The improved efficiency and productivity resulting from the contract will mitigate shipping delays and costs, ultimately benefiting our customers.


Our commitment to the West Coast ports is steadfast. We’re eager to foster our business partnerships to elevate our service quality, providing an unmatched experience for our customers. If you have questions or concerns about how this agreement will impact your cargo, contact your Coppersmith representative today. 

Bud Coppersmith

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