International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett plans to spend next week in Norfolk and Baltimore to discuss deadlocked local contract negotiations with ILA members and employers.
Daggett plans to hold a portwide meeting with ILA members in Hampton Roads on Monday night in Norfolk, ILA spokesman James McNamara said.
McNamara said Daggett and other ILA officials will meet with employers and union members in Hampton Roads on Tuesday and Wednesday and in Baltimore later in the week.
ILA members approved a Maine-to-Texas coastwide master contract last spring, but negotiations on supplementary local agreements have continued in Virginia, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Virginia dockworkers rejected a contract agreement on a 520-483 after rejecting an earlier agreement by an 1,143-69 in April.
Over the years, it has been common for local negotiations in some ports to continue long after the coastwide contract is settled.
The master contract covers wages for containerized and roll-on, roll-off cargo, along with medical program, container royalties, rules on technology and automation, and other coastwide issues. Supplementary local contracts cover port-specific issues such as work rules, pensions, and breakbulk pay.