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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27 Feb 2017
A statement issued at JOC's 17th Annual TPM Conference seeks to allay shipper fears.
New York Container Terminal dockworker
02 Aug 2013
The New York Shipping Association expects “within the next couple of weeks” to seek permission to expand the longshore work force in the Port of New York and New Jersey, NYSA President John Nardi said.
11 Jun 2013
U.S. East Coast ports experienced widely varying impacts from the months-long threat of labor strife that began last year with the breakdown of talks for a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract.
Port of New York and New Jersey
06 Jun 2013
The New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association are in the early stages of implementing a new contract that targets high costs and low productivity at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
04 Jun 2013
The Port of Virginia plans to halt work for four hours June 12 for a meeting to allow employers to make their case for gradually reducing the size of some container-handling gangs in the local International Longshoremen’s Association contract.
14 May 2013
The New York Shipping Association expects within the next 30 to 60 days to announce a reduction in the per-container assessment that funds longshore benefits at the Port of New York and New Jersey.


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.