International Longshoremen’s Association members in Virginia will vote Friday on proposed local contracts to supplement the coastwide master contract the ILA and employers ratified last spring.
ILA President Harold Daggett sent a letter to ILA members in Virginia “strongly” urging ratification. ILA members in the port have twice rejected local contracts. The most recent rejection came this month on a 520-483 vote.
It is not uncommon for ILA local negotiations to continue after settlement of the coastwide master contract. Cargo operations in the ports have continued uninterrupted.
Daggett and other top officials from the ILA and USMX joined federal mediators last week in Norfolk and Baltimore for negotiations between ILA locals and port employer groups.
In his letter to Virginia ILA members, Daggett said union officials had negotiated “the best possible contract” for members.
NOTE: An earlier version of this article reported that Baltimore ILA members also were voting in a new contract Friday. The ILA now says a referendum is scheduled only for Virginia.