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.

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16 May 2017
“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
08 Feb 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers, which have tentatively agreed on a coastwide master contr
ILA and USMX logos.
05 Feb 2013
At the end of last week, the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance tentatively agreed on a six-year master contract, averting a threatened Maine-to-Texas strike following the current contract’s expiration at midnight Feb. 6.
ILA dockworkers in the Port of Jacksonville, Fla.
04 Feb 2013
Negotiations are resuming this week at East and Gulf Coast ports on local agreements that supplement the coastwide master
Dockworkers at the Port of Mobile, Ala.
03 Feb 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said he’s confident ILA members will be satisfied with a tentative agreement on a coastwide contract and that the union now will turn its attention “to achieving equally successful local contract agreements.”
02 Feb 2013
The National Retail Federation welcomed word of an

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.