Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Select Committee on Ports, issued the following statement regarding today’s deal made between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union (ILWU):
“I am thrilled to hear that the ILWU and PMA negotiations have come to a successful close. This deal returns all 29 West Coast ports to full operation and ensures predictability for the thousands of workers, terminal operators, and port officials.
My district is home to the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the nation’s two busiest cargo hubs. The twin ports generate over one million regional jobs and are central to the local economy. Failure to reach an agreement would have created lasting economic pain in my community, the state of California, and the entire nation.
As Chair of the Select Committee on Ports, I commend both sides for working through their differences. Now that negotiations have come to an end, it is time to focus on resolving port congestion, the successful movement of cargo and commerce, and workers working.”
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.