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.”
24 Oct 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association and employer representatives discussed “a number of major issues” in two days of contract negotiations thi
14 Oct 2012
A federal mediator said negotiations on a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract would resume this week following “good progress” in five days of talks that ended Saturday.
08 Oct 2012
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance will resume contract
26 Sep 2012
Average spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade stayed flat this week after a jump of 8.6 percent last week fueled by demand for space.
25 Sep 2012
Check in with the JOC as we provide you with the latest developments out of the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance contract negotiations labor dispute.


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.