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.

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16 May 2017
“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
10 Dec 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett won authorization from ILA delegates to call a strike if a bargaining impasse isn’t settled before the union’s contract expires Dec. 29.
07 Dec 2012
A coalition of organizations representing manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistic
ILA crane operator in Port of New York
07 Dec 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance will meet on Monday to resume contract negotiations amid growing concern about a Maine-to-Texas dock strike to start in 2013.
06 Dec 2012
The Retail Industry Leaders Association and National Retail Federation have urged the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance to reach...
30 Nov 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett says the annual checks ILA members receive from carrier


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.