A Steward for West Coast Ports

The PMA’s mission is to provide industry leadership to our member companies through innovative integrated labor relations, human resources and administrative services. Our membership consists of 70 ocean carriers and terminal operators who operate at the 29 West Coast Ports. These ports are a vital engine for economic activity in the United States.

Labor Relations

Labor Relations

The PMA negotiates labor agreements that cover wages, employee benefits and conditions of employment for workers employed at longshore, marine clerk and walking boss/foreman jobs.

Hiring & Dispatch

Hiring & Dispatch

Working in coordination with its member companies, the Association submits daily orders for waterfront labor at 29 ports and works in partnership with the ILWU to dispatch workers on day, afternoon and night shifts.

Payroll Admin

Payroll Admin

The PMA processes weekly payrolls for nearly 15,000 ILWU workers at 29 West Coast ports. In 2018, wages totaled 1.95 billion.

Safety, Training & Security

Safety, Training & Security

Workplace safety is a key consideration for the PMA. The PMA takes a collaborative approach to safety training and security at marine terminals and throughout the supply chain, leading accident rates to fall to all-time lows.

ILWU Benefits Admin

ILWU Benefits Admin

The PMA collects assessments on payroll hours and revenue cargo to fund the employee pension and health care plans provided for by the ILWU-PMA labor agreements.

By The Numbers

2018 Highlights

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An Economic Engine for America

As the leading gateway for waterborne trade with Asia, West Coast ports play a vital role in the national and global economies. Anchored by the Southern California port complex – the country’s largest – imports and exports include cars, clothing apparel, toys, heavy machinery, consumer electronics, scrap metal, lumber, furniture, fresh produce, wheat, crude oil, steel, solar panels, and more.

Nearly 10 Million American Jobs

$2.1 Trillion in Domestic Business Impact

12.5% of Nation’s GDP

Historic Waterfront Contract Extension

“This first-of-its-kind contract extension through July 1, 2022 is great news for the maritime industry and the nation. It sets the stage for reliable and productive cargo operations for years to come, while continuing to provide ILWU workers with a very generous wage and benefits package. With this agreement in hand, PMA looks forward to working with the ILWU to bolster the West Coast waterfront’s standing as a leader both nationally and globally.”

PMA CEO Jim McKenna

Leadership Team

The PMA Board of Directors represents top carriers, stevedoring companies and terminal operators in the maritime shipping industry. The Board guides the day-to-day work of the PMA staff which is led by President and CEO James C. McKenna and a highly experienced executive team.

James C. McKenna
James C. McKenna
President & CEO
Craig E. Epperson
Craig E. Epperson
Senior Vice President
General Counsel & Secretary
Stephen Hennessey
Stephen Hennessey
Senior Vice President
Labor Relations
& Chief Operating Officer
Michael H. Wechsler
Michael H. Wechsler
Senior Vice President
Finance and Administration
& Chief Financial Officer
Learn more about our management team