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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11 Apr 2014
A standoff continues between Baltimore port employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association over a local contract covering non-containerized breakbulk and automobile shipments.
29 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association clerks and checkers at the Port of Charleston walked off their jobs on Thursday after refusing assignment to additional duties, union officials said.
Dockworkers at the Port of Baltimore
23 Aug 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association reports progress on ILA local agreements in Virginia and Baltimore that remain unsettled four months after ratification of a coastwide master contract for East and Gulf Coast ports.
20 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett and other ILA officials met with employer representatives Tuesday in an effort to reach agreement on a local contract covering about 1,650 dockworkers in the Port of Virginia.
15 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett plans to spend next week in Norfolk and Baltimore to discuss deadlocked local contract negotiations with ILA members and employers.

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Commentary

Anyone who followed the heated back-and-forth of the recent International Longshoremen’s Association contract negotiations might wonder how the two sides could ever work together. Truth is, they have no choice.

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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.