TAMPA, Fla. — International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said he hopes United States Maritime Alliance will approve a contract agreement with the ILA when the two sides resume meetings later today in Tampa.
ILA and employer officials met this morning at Tampa, where the union’s 200-member wage scale committee has gathered. They are scheduled to meet again this afternoon.
“We’ve done all we can do,” Daggett said in a brief interview. “We’ve done everything possible to make this work, and this contract will save them tons of money. I’m hoping they come back and say yes.”
He said that if USMX provides an agreement similar to the one ILA delegates gave on Tuesday, the union is prepared to submit it to a rank-and-file vote.
Daggett noted that ILA delegates agreed in principle Tuesday to the Feb. 28 tentative agreement on coastwide master contract covering East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.
He said remaining details have been worked out on a supplemental local contract covering dockworkers at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The ILA and USMX reached tentative agreement Feb. 28 on a six-year master contract covering East and Gulf coast dockworkers. However, the agreement was contingent on completion of local contracts and on ratification by both sides.