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.

News & Analysis

27 Feb 2017
A statement issued at JOC's 17th Annual TPM Conference seeks to allay shipper fears.
02 Feb 2013
The National Retail Federation welcomed word of an
02 Feb 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance reached tentative agreement on a six-year coastwide master contract late Friday night, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said.
01 Feb 2013
UPDATED Feb. 1, 2:15 p.m.
New York crane operator
29 Jan 2013
Container ship lines serving East and Gulf Coast ports are urging customers to pick up import containers and return empty boxes before the International Longshoremen’s Association contract expires Feb. 6.
Crane operator in the Port of New York and New Jersey
28 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance resume contract negotiations Tuesday amid the renewed possibility of a work stoppage at East and Gulf Coast ports.

Commentary

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.