International Longshoremen’s Association

International Longshoremen’s Association

 

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Since signing of its new six-year contract in 2018, the management of the International Longshoremen’s Agreement, which serves U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports, has vowed to increase container moves to over 30 moves an hour, and perhaps even higher in some ports. Speeding up fluidity to such a degree, would mean that the production rate “far better than any robot or equipment would” be able to attain, said an ILA management.  Their goal is 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.

27 Sep 2022
The ILA is planning to work on local contract talks as it seeks to avoid any disruptions on the East and Gulf coasts that could derail negotiations over extending the master contract ahead of the current deal’s 2024 expiry.
22 Jun 2022
The US Supreme Court will allow New York and New Jersey to file legal arguments about whether a 70-year-old compact for joint port policing powers also allows either side to exit the deal.
13 May 2022
ILA leadership is expressing solidarity with the ILWU as it begins contract talks with West Coast terminal employers, while warning against further automation at US ports.
18 Apr 2022
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleges that agreements for marine terminal operations at Savannah and Charleston are anti-competitive.
24 Mar 2022
The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a New Jersey law that would allow the state to exit the bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
22 Mar 2022
New Jersey has filed a brief opposing New York’s attempt to keep alive a bi-state police agency charged with investigating criminal activity among longshore labor.
15 Mar 2022
The state of New York has filed with the US Supreme Court to stop New Jersey from leaving a bi-state police agency that has authority over hiring and firing at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
09 Mar 2022
Longshore union representatives have told the Federal Maritime Commission that better data sharing would create more labor efficiency and provide the ability to better handle unexpected situations on the docks.
22 Feb 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority has proposed converting of one of three International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) locals from part-time to full-time work in exchange for the ILA settling its dispute over work performed at the new Leatherman terminal in Charleston.
12 Jan 2022
Several Southeast ports will expand container capacity in 2022, but the question for most is when will Savannah clear all the anchored vessels outside its harbor?
05 May 2021
The decision by the Ocean Alliance to hold off on calling the newly opened Leatherman terminal is a sign the dispute between South Carolina and the International Longshore Association over the crane and yard work being handled by non-union state employees is heating up.
04 May 2021
An ongoing dispute between longshore labor and employers in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the now-ended strike in Montreal, could pale in comparison to a looming confrontation over terminal automation when negotiations begin on a new US West Coast contract next year.
27 Apr 2021
CMA CGM is diverting a ship away from the Leatherman terminal due to fears of an ILA lawsuit and a potential berth conflict with two Ocean Alliance services.
23 Apr 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleged the first ship call at the Port of Charleston’s Leatherman Terminal violated a contract governing longshore work along the East Coast.
06 Apr 2021
A vaccination drive for longshore workers in the Port of New York-New Jersey aims to bring the workforce back up to pre-COVID-19 levels.
06 Jan 2021
South Carolina Ports Authority on Wednesday filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging an illegal secondary boycott in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
03 Aug 2020
The latest strike notice adds to the shipping industry’s fears that the disruption will have lasting damage on Montreal's attractiveness as a gateway for so-called discretionary cargo.
09 Jul 2020
An appellate court has denied the commission’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision that would shift responsibility for background checks and criminal investigations at the largest US East Coast port to New Jersey state police.
08 Jun 2020
Proponents of reducing the Waterfront Commission role have argued the commission oversteps its authority to combat crime on the docks and slows down hiring.
22 May 2020
Congressional representatives of New York and New Jersey this week sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in support of $3 billion in financial aid for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
20 Sep 2019
How the US and Canadian governments respond to anti-automation pressure from longshore unions will have ramifications beyond the shaping of public perception, affecting everything from permitting processes to federal grant funding for autonomous equipment upgrades.
Harold J. Daggett re-elected to third term as head of ILA
25 Jul 2019
Harold J. Daggett, who led negotiations for the International Longshoremen’s Association that forged the six-year master contract banning automated terminals from ports on the East and Gulf coasts, was re-elected as the union’s head at its convention Thursday.
20 Jun 2019
Amid intense scrutiny from longshore unions throughout North America, the LA harbor commission on Thursday approved a construction permit at APM Terminals Pier 400 that will open the door to a scalable type of automation that could be incorporated into smaller terminal operations in other ports.
31 May 2019
The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor has the authority to issue subpoenas to members of the International Longshoremen’s Association in connection with a 2016 wildcat strike, a federal appellate court has ruled.
30 May 2019
Operations at the Port of Vancouver will resume at 4:30 p.m. local time thanks to a tentative new labor agreement between the BCMEA and ILWU Canada.
09 May 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the Gulf and East coasts are looking at how to reduce the cost and productivity loss that occurs when longshoremen hired for the weekend are unable to work due to vessel delays.
15 Mar 2019
Harold Daggett, leader of the East and Gulf coast longshore labor union, is seeking a third term just over a year after striking a coastwide master contract with employers banning automated terminals.
12 Mar 2019
US West Coast terminal operators see ILWU resistance to the deployment of automated yard equipment at APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles as an end-run around its own contract, which not only allows for automation but states dockworkers “will not interfere with implementation.”
04 Mar 2019
Under the new program, ILA gangs will be responsible for increasing their productivity by about one move per hour each year, and teams that don't meet their goals will face additional reviews or even be removed from rotation.
14 Feb 2019
Auto-strad technology gives terminal operators considering automation a scalable model that is less costly than using automated stacking cranes and automated guided vehicles.
The Port of Los Angeles.
25 Jan 2019
Mega-ships and California environmental regulatory pressure is pushing APM Terminals to automate 100 acres of its Los Angeles facility.
Port of Philadelphia.
21 Dec 2018
The agreement comes three-and-a-half months after ILA members on both coasts resoundingly ratified a six-year master agreement to replace the one that expired Sept. 30.
Port of Baltimore.
02 Nov 2018
What triggered the walkout in the Baltimore terminal, which is operated by Ports America Chesapeake, is unclear, but the job action is a reminder that although the signing of the six-year master contract was seen as a harbinger of stability along the two coasts, disputes over local issues and actions can intervene.
Reefer boxes stacked.
25 Oct 2018
At issue is an effort by port employers to have deskbound longshoremen monitor the temperature of each reefer twice a day to ensure that it is at the correct temperature, instead of longshoremen physically walking up to each box, checking, and documenting the temperature on an iPad.
A container ship and containers at a port.
08 Oct 2018
The International Longshoremen’s Association’s boycott of the 44th Congress of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, which begins Sunday, provides additional evidence that the introduction of further automation will not be a quick and simple process.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
07 Sep 2018
The deal removes the need for a new contract — the biggest source of labor disruptions, on both East and Gulf coasts — until at least 2024. It parallels a labor deal for US West Coast ports lasting until 2022. Longshoremen backed that deal, a five-year extension of the last contract, in July 2017.