ILA Labor Negotiations

The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers at U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports are discussing an early, long-term extension of their coastwide contract that expires Sept. 30, 2018. The goal: an agreement that spares cargo interests an experience such as the one they endured during the epic 2012-13 bargaining between the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance. Those negotiations yielded a six-year contract, but only after nearly a year of rocky negotiations and repeated strike threats.

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Union president Harold Daggett takes to Facebook in advance of February meetings.

News & Analysis

16 May 2017
“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
17 Sep 2012
The president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation said his meeting with U.S.
05 Sep 2012
Capacity going through U.S. West Coast ports will be in short supply if the International Longshoremen's Association strikes or is locked out at East and Gulf Coast ports, according to the world’s largest container line.
10 Jul 2012
The association representing the largest U.S.
29 Jun 2012
Negotiators for the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have completed two days of negotiations that yielded what an ILA spokesman said was “substa
28 Jun 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have resumed negotiations on a contract covering 14,500 East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.

Commentary

Typically, once a U.S. longshore negotiation is settled, the affected ports revert to a state of normalcy despite whatever disruption occurred during the talks. U.S. West Coast negotiations over the past 20 years have never been without disruption but were always followed by near-normal operations that lasted in some cases for years. The six years leading up to the June 30, 2014, expiration of the recent agreement between waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union saw only sporadic disruption. But there is a difference between then and now: The current agreement reached on Feb. 20 failed to resolve all issues and one in particular — chassis maintenance — stands out as holding the potential for sparking further disruption and uncertainty for shippers.