The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance will hold meetings this month by ILA-USMX committees assigned specific issues in negotiations for a new East and Gulf Coast labor contract.
The joint committees are scheduled to meet Aug. 22-24 in Delray Beach, Fla. The small groups’ meetings will be followed by full negotiations. No date has been set for those.
At the last full round of negotiations July 18-20, the ILA and USMX reached tentative agreement on technology and union jurisdiction over chassis maintenance and repair, two of the most difficult issues in this year’s negotiations.
Still to be settled are wages, benefits and other issues. Since the last ILA-USMX negotiations, union and employer groups have been meeting to negotiate local or regional agreements that supplement the coastwide master contract.
The current contract expires Sept. 30. Many shippers report they already are moving to accelerate peak-season shipments to guard against the possibility of supply chain interruptions.
The ILA’s last coastwide strike was in 1977.