International Longshoremen’s Association members in Hampton Roads voted 738-284 to ratify a six-year local contract, the ILA said. Dockworkers in the port had twice voted down previous proposals.
The favorable vote came Aug. 30 on the new contract, which supplements the coastwide master contract between the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance.
The union’s local contract with the Hampton Roads Shipping Association covers work rules, gang sizes, pensions and other port-specific issues.
Virginia was one of several port areas where local negotiations have continued after settlement of the coastwide contract. Others include Baltimore, Philadelphia and Charleston.