ILWU Benefits Package
The ILWU benefits package includes employer paid health care for workers, retirees and their families with no premiums, no in-network deductibles and 100 percent coverage of basic hospital, medical and surgical benefits. Prescription drugs are covered for $1 per prescription; dental and vision care are provided to workers, retirees and their families at little or no cost.
Employers spend more than $2 million per day for health coverage for registrants, retirees and their dependents. Registrants and retirees generally have access to dental and vision benefits for themselves and their dependents at little or no cost, as well as employer-paid life insurance coverage.
The longshore, clerks’ and foremen’s agreements recognize 15 holidays, of which 13 are “paid holidays.” Registrants who are eligible to receive a paid holiday benefit package receive pay equivalent to eight hours of work at a basic rate whether or not they work on the holiday. All registrants who are paid for work on one of the 13 “paid holidays” receive wages for the hours worked at the overtime rate.
A basic one-week or two-week vacation is paid based on qualifying hours worked by each eligible registrant in the previous payroll year, with up to four additional weeks paid based on qualifying years of service in the industry. Vacation payments are made in February and each week is paid at 40 times the registrant’s applicable straight time or appropriate skilled straight time hourly rate.
The healthcare plan – the ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan – is among the most generous in America, with no employee premiums and low out-of-pocket costs for out-of-network services. In the 2021 fiscal year the healthcare cost per ILWU registrant was $54,550.