ILA Labor Negotiations

ILA Labor Negotiations

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.

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Dockworker at the Port of Savannah
The new or extended contract being explored by International Longshoremen’s Association and its East and Gulf Coast employers could run until 2025, seven years beyond the current agreement’s 2018 expiration.

News & Analysis

24 Jul 2015
Hard to believe, but true: Just three and a half years ago, International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett was in Long Beach, warning the JOC’s Trans-Pacific Maritime conference about “dark clouds” over 2012’s soon-to-begin ILA contract negotiations.
Moving containers.
09 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the New York Shipping Association have resumed negotiations this week on a local contract including work rules in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Port operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey
02 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers are shifting their attention to work rules now that a deal on container royalties has averted an East and Gulf Coast dockworker strike.
28 Dec 2012
UPDATED, 7 p.m. EDT, Friday The union and waterfront employers agreed to extend the ILA master contract through Feb. 6, preventing a threatened strike at ports from Maine to Texas.
28 Dec 2012
The Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt and Dundalk public marine terminals will be open Saturday for the delivery and receipt of cargo if no agreement is reached...
25 Dec 2012
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have accepted a federal mediator’s invitation to meet this week in a last-ditch effort to head off an ILA strike at East and Gulf Coast ports.

Commentary

Can the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance tweak their bargaining process so that it doesn't scare shippers every three to six years? We'll find out ... eventually.

Video

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.