The International Longshoremen’s Association reports progress on ILA local agreements in Virginia and Baltimore that remain unsettled four months after ratification of a coastwide master contract for East and Gulf Coast ports.
After separate meetings this week in Norfolk and Baltimore, negotiators in both ports are working out final details on tentative agreements that will be presented to union members, ILA spokesman James McNamara said.
Union and management officials led by ILA President Harold Daggett and Dave Adam, CEO of United States Maritime Alliance, traveled to the two cities this week to join local negotiators in bargaining sessions overseen by federal mediators.
Although it’s not unusual for local negotiations to continue after the coastwide contract is settled, the presence of the high-level union and management delegations was a sign that both sides are eager to settle the local contracts. Local negotiations also are continuing in Philadelphia.
Hampton Roads dockworkers have voted down two tentative agreements on a local contract covering gang sizes, breakbulk cargo and other issues. In Baltimore, the only local agreement still open involves the port’s largest ILA unit, Local 333, representing general longshoremen.
Cargo operations in the ports have continued uninterrupted.
The ILA-USMX master contract covers wages for containerized and roll-on, roll-off cargo, along with the coastwide medical program, container royalties, and other coastwide issues. Local contracts between the union and local port employer associations cover breakbulk cargo and port-specific issues such as work rules and pensions.