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United States Maritime Alliance

United States Maritime Association, or USMX, is an alliance of container carriers, direct employers, and port associations on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts. In addition to serving as the representative of the management groups in master contract negotiations with labor, USMX, which was founded in 1997, also serves to issue industry positions on a variety of regulatory and safety issues.
A giant crane awaits a container ship at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
23 Mar 2018
International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance committees report “significant progress” during two days of bargaining on a new master contract that BCOs hope will be settled well in advance of the Sept. 30 expiration.  
09 Mar 2018
Although the International Longshoremen's Association has not had a coastwide strike since 1977, beneficial cargo owners are anxious to have a new agreement in place.
02 Mar 2018
NRF-led coalition tells ILA and USMX cargo loss is imminent if they do not resume contract negotiations soon.
14 Jan 2018
ILA and USMX officials had hoped to agree on a contract extension that would reassure the hundreds of shippers who will attend the JOC’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) conference March 4-7 in Long Beach, California.
06 Dec 2017
The union is prepared to avoid bargaining until the current coastwide contract expires on Sept. 30, 2018.
05 Dec 2017
Hopes are are high among trade participants; shippers would be delighted if a long-term deal is struck, as it would support supply-chain certainty.
09 Nov 2017
Now that a West Coast longshore labor contract extension is in place through mid-2022, shippers are anxious for a similar deal to ensure continued labor peace on the East and Gulf coasts.
08 Nov 2017
International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance officials have been exploring a long-term extension for more than two years.
06 Oct 2017
Last summer’s contract extension by the ILWU and the PMA increased pressure for an agreement on the East and Gulf coasts.
16 May 2017
“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
25 Feb 2017
Several ILA officials threw a surprise curve ball in a pre-negotiation meeting with United States Maritime Alliance, proposing a one-day coastwide work stoppage and Washington march against “government interference” in longshore hiring.
23 Feb 2017
“Thousands of companies and millions of workers rely on these ports.”
22 Feb 2017
Management group for US East and Gulf coasts reminds union of contract's no-strike clause.
16 Feb 2017
No date has been announced for formal bargaining.
05 Jan 2017
Union president Harold Daggett takes to Facebook in advance of February meetings.
29 Nov 2016
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers have scheduled “informal meetings on collective bargaining issues.”
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.
30 Jun 2016
Both sides say they're still interested in an early deal, but talk of a 10-year contract has cooled.