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.”
25 Jun 2012
Most shippers expect to decide by midsummer whether to divert cargo from the East and Gulf coasts to avoid possible longshore labor problems this fall, according to a
12 Jun 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance are scheduled to resume negotiations when the ILA’s wage scale committee meets on June 27-29 in Delray Beac
04 Jun 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett defended the ILA’s negotiating positions and urged management to resume negotiations when the union’s wage scale com
08 May 2012
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union issued a statement Tuesday alerting the maritime industry that West Coast dockworkers fully support the International Longshoremen’s Association i
09 Jan 2012
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


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.