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.

Special Coverage

Both sides say they're still interested in an early deal, but talk of a 10-year contract has cooled.

News & Analysis

A number of issues on both coasts stand in the way of early contract talks between dockworkers and employers that could usher in an unprecedented period of labor peace at U.S. ports.
10 Aug 2016
The International Longshoremen’s Association won't discuss a contract extension until disputes over the current contract are resolved.
10 Jan 2013
More than 120 business groups have appealed again for the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Mari
09 Jan 2013
Maersk Line postponed the effective date of its proposed congestion surcharge at West Coast ports until Feb. 14.
ILA in Port of New York and New Jersey
09 Jan 2013
UPDATED: 4:15 EDT International Longshoremen’s Association officials broke off two days of scheduled negotiations on a local contract for New York-New Jersey dockworkers after objecting to employers’ proposed changes.
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.

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.