The International Longshoremen’s Association and an employer group representing equipment maintenance and repair contractors in the Port of New York and New Jersey tentatively agreed to a six-year contract.
The agreement between ILA Locals 1804-1 and 1814 and the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association is subject to ratification, Metro President J. Randolph Brown said.
The ILA-Metro deal followed United States Maritime Alliance’s ratification earlier Wednesday of a coastwide master contract covering 14,500 ILA dockworkers.
The Metro contract is separate from the ILA-USMX coastwide contract, and from a supplemental local agreement covering 3,250 New York-New Jersey dockworkers employed by companies in the New York Shipping Association.
The Metro contract covers approximately 1,000 active workers and 800 retirees. The new Metro is set to expire Dec. 31, 2018, three months after the ILA’s regular dockworker contracts expire on Sept. 30, 2018.
Brown said the Metro contract’s essential terms were similar to those in the agreement between the ILA and the New York Shipping Association, although there are differences in pensions and benefit programs.
Agreement on the Metro contract “positions the port to move forward,” Brown said. It also ties up one of the final loose ends of ILA labor contracts along the East and Gulf coasts.
A handful of supplemental local contracts in other ports remain incomplete or are awaiting ratification. The ILA and the Hampton Roads Maritime Association agreed this week on a local contract covering 1,700 ILA dockworkers in the Port of Virginia.
The coastwide master contract won 88 percent approval in a rank-and-file referendum on April 9. All ILA locals, including those in Virginia and other ports where local contracts were unsettled, voted in favor of the master contract.
(Editor's Note: This is an update of a story posted earlier this morning.)