International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett has written to ILA members, urging them to ratify a six-year contract agreement covering dockworkers at East and Gulf Coast ports.
The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance agreed March 13 on a coastwide master contract covering 14,500 ILA members. Members will vote on the contract April 9.
Daggett’s letter outlined the agreement’s wage increases, container royalty guarantee, automation and jurisdiction provisions, and continuation of “a health care program that is second to none.”
The letter details pay scales under the contract, which will boost the current $32 straight-time wage to $35 in three steps, and allow new hires to advance to top scale in six years instead of the previous nine.
“As you can see, the ILA has been able to negotiate an agreement on the major bargaining issues that provides enhanced compensation to each of you at a time when most unions are agreeing to givebacks,” the letter said. “We have also negotiated contractual protections for our jurisdiction so that ILA jobs will be preserved in the years ahead.”