Dockers get eight-year deal that adds perks for womenContract reached through negotiation but parties divided on future of that modelBy Danielle Harder05/16/2011|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011 At a time when most agreements are not extending beyond a few years, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the B.C. Maritime Employers Assn. (BCMEA) have reached an historic eight-year agreement.“We were looking for a contract that reflected the stability and security of the port,” said Greg Verdula, vice-president of marketing and IT with the BCMEA.The deal includes an average wage increase of 3.5 per cent every year of the agreement, plus a cost of living factor starting in year six to protect workers if inflation exceeds their wage in the final three years of the agreement. It also includes maternity and paternity top-up benefits for the first time, and a 40 per cent increase in pension contributions. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.