United States Maritime Alliance

United States Maritime Alliance

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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.

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.
08 Feb 2019
The head of the ILA head vows production improvements as part of a union-USMX master contract that prohibited automation in East and Gulf coast ports
Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Aug 2018
The six-year deal contains good news for shippers concerning labor peace and the non-interruption of cargo. However, the deal is a setback for tech-driven and automation-driven efficiency improvements.
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.
16 Sep 2015
Officials of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance said they’re committed to trying to work out East and Gulf coast port labor contract that would extend to 2025.
21 Jul 2015
The chief negotiator for East and Gulf waterfront employers told International Longshoremen’s Association officials that any long-term contract extension would involve “tweaks,” not a total rewrite of the current six-year agreement.
Dockworker at the Port of Savannah
25 Jun 2015
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.
20 May 2015
A former U.S. Labor Department chief economist is advocating placing unionized port labor under the Railway Labor Act to prevent showdowns with management such as the recent one that nearly crippled West Coast ports.
15 May 2015
The leader of the management group that negotiates with West Coast longshoremen said this week that the negotiating process that yielded months of disruption through February is “not sustainable.”
20 Mar 2015
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance said they “strongly oppose” any attempt to place the longshore industry’s collective bargaining under the Railway Labor Act.
Port of Oakland
18 Mar 2015
Putting waterfront labor under the Railway Labor Act will be a heavy legislative lift with a divided Congress and a union-friendly White House. And, it’s unclear if such a move would prevent “economic warfare” — whether from union slowdowns and the withholding of labor, or employers’ refusal to hire workers.
13 Mar 2015
Speaking to more than 2,000 attendees at the 15th Annual TPM Conference this month, Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation, called on Congress and the Obama administration to change how unionized port labor and waterfront employers negotiate agreements so “the interest of thousands” can no longer threaten the livelihood of millions.
04 Mar 2015
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance plan to open discussions about a new, long-term contract more than three years before their current East and Gulf coast labor agreement expires.
Port of New York and New Jersey
10 Dec 2014
David Adam, chief negotiator for U.S. East and Gulf Coast waterfront management, challenged employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association to consider changes to their bargaining process before their next contract expires in 2018.
20 Aug 2014
The largest International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore is disputing an arbitrator’s ruling that the union is liable for $3.86 million in damages for a strike that idled the port for three days last October.
13 Aug 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association has served notice that it will insist on retaining its jurisdiction over chassis that truckers lease from equipment providers that have historically used ILA labor for maintenance and repair.
17 Apr 2013
Employers ratified a six-year master contract for International Longshoremen’s Association members at East and Gulf Coast ports, giving final approval to a deal that ILA members approved last week.
ILA dockworkers in Bayport, Texas
28 Mar 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association members will vote April 9 on a landmark contract that was starting to look impossible without a strike.
Maher Terminal, Port of New York and New Jersey
15 Mar 2013
The Port of New York and New Jersey’s unique “continuous operation” system will be replaced by work shifts similar to those of other U.S. ports under the new International Longshoremen’s Association local contract.