A coalition of organizations representing manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers urged the International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers to “make every attempt possible” to reach agreement on a new contract.
The organizations urged the ILA and USMX to "stay at the negotiating table until a deal is reached even if this extends beyond the current deadline extension."
Sixty-eight groups sent a letter to ILA President Harold Daggett and James Capo, chairman and CEO of United States Maritime Alliance, “to urge both parties to make every attempt possible at reaching an agreement on a new contract beginning with next week’s scheduled negotiating session.”
The appeal was organized by the National Retail Federation, which has previously called for the parties to avoid a strike when their contract expires Dec. 29. The ILA and USMX will resume talks on Monday in Delray Beach, Fla.
The coalition letter was signed by organizations and associations including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Farm Bureau, National Association of Manufacturers, the Toy Industry Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.