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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16 May 2017
“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
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.
18 Oct 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association workers agreed Friday to return to work for 90 days while negotiators work on a local contract that triggered a three-day strike this week at the Port of Baltimore.
18 Oct 2013
An arbitrator ruled Friday that an International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore violated a no-strike clause in a coastwide master contract covering work on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo.
Port of Baltimore cranes
18 Oct 2013
Striking Baltimore longshoremen resumed working Friday on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo covered by a coastwide master contract while arbitration proceedings continued, a management official said.
Port of Baltimore
18 Oct 2013
Striking longshoremen continued to shutter the Port of Baltimore for a third day on Friday.


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.