ILA Labor Negotiations

ILA Labor Negotiations

The JOC has covered every step in negotiation of a new International Longshoremen’s Association for East and Gulf coast ports since bargaining began early in 2012. Although employers and the union reached agreement on a coastwide master contract earlier this year, some local agreements remained to be hammered out. Discord most recently flared up in Baltimore, which experienced a three-day strike in October — a strike that an arbitrator ruled violated the "no-strike" clause of the master agreement.

News & Analysis

08 Jul 2014
Employers at the Port of Baltimore have asked a federal court to force an International Longshoremen’s Association local to pay $3.8 million in damages for a three-day strike last October.
Majestic Maersk in Copenhagen
27 Dec 2013
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Dockworker at the Port of New York and New Jersey
28 Oct 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association officials and port employers told an industry forum that a standoff with the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor over longshore hiring threatens to undermine productivity gains in a new ILA contract.
25 Oct 2013
The New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association said “bureaucratic delays” by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor are jeopardizing productivity at the East Coast’s busiest port.
21 Oct 2013
An arbitrator’s ruling that forced striking Baltimore longshoremen back to work on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo has implications for other East and Gulf Coast ports still negotiating local issues not covered by a coastwide master contract.

Commentary

Anyone who followed the heated back-and-forth of the recent International Longshoremen’s Association contract negotiations might wonder how the two sides could ever work together. Truth is, they have no choice.

Video

Stephen Knott, general vice president of the International Longshoremen's Association, discusses the union's concerns about the introduction of labor-saving technology at Global Terminal in Bayonne, N
Harold Daggett, new president of the International Longshoremen’s Association, comments on automation, container weights, organizing and cooperation with the ILWU.