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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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

18 Nov 2015
A top International Longshoremen's Association official said escalating health care costs have complicated efforts to reach a new or extended East and Gulf coast dockworker contract before the current one expires in September 2018.
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.

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.

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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.