Representatives for West Coast dockworkers urge union members to approve hard-won contract

Economic Indicators Associated Press

Representatives of West Coast dockworkers are recommending that rank-and-file union members approve a tentative contract that their leaders reached with employers in February.

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Difficult negotiations over the contract led to major disruptions of billions of dollars of international trade at seaports from San Diego to Seattle.

A caucus of 90 International Longshore and Warehouse Union delegates voted Friday to urge the broader membership to approve the five-year contract. Caucus delegates met this week in San Francisco to study the offer in detail.

The union said a final count of the rank-and-file members' votes will be held May 22.

Meanwhile, the tentative agreement restored labor peace — and the smoother flow of cargo — on the West Coast waterfront, which handles about $1 trillion of trade each year.