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

11 Apr 2014
A standoff continues between Baltimore port employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association over a local contract covering non-containerized breakbulk and automobile shipments.
12 Feb 2014
An International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore voted down a proposed local contract for autos and breakbulk cargo after a top official from ILA headquarters urged members to reject the employers’ proposal.
29 Jan 2014
A federal arbitrator has ordered an International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore to pay ocean carriers $3.8 million for an October strike that violated a no-strike clause in the ILA’s coastwide master contract.
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.

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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.

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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.