International Longshoremen’s Association employees of equipment maintenance and repair contractors in the Port of New York and New Jersey are voting today on a six-year labor contract.
The contract between ILA Locals 1804-1 and 1814 and the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association parallels many provisions in the ILA’s recently approved contract covering other dockworkers in the port.
Local 1804-1 President Dennis Daggett urged members to approve the Metro contract.
The Metro agreement is separate from the ILA’s recently ratified coastwide master contract with United States Maritime Alliance, and a supplemental local contract with the New York Shipping Association.
Supplemental local contracts covering work rules, pensions and other port-specific issues as well as breakbulk cargo have been ratified at most other East and Gulf Coast ports.
Local contracts remain incomplete or are awaiting ratification at a handful of ports, including Virginia, Baltimore and Philadelphia. ILA members at Virginia last week voted 1,143-69 against a tentative agreement on a local contract with the Hampton Roads Shipping Association. Negotiations are continuing with no interruption in work.
The unsettled local negotiations will not affect the already-ratified coastwide master contract. Over the years, it has not been unusual for ILA local negotiations to continue at some ports after the master contract is ratified.