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.

Charleston port offers ILA path to resolve Leatherman dispute

Peter Tirschwell | Feb 22, 2022, 12:44 PM EST

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.
North American ports

Two container alliances switch Charleston port calls due to ILA lawsuit threat

JOC Staff | May 5, 2021, 3:21 PM EDT

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.
North American ports

Longshore labor pressure building across North America

Peter Tirschwell | May 4, 2021, 10:41 AM EDT

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.
Ports

NY-NJ port moves to improve weekend productivity

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | May 9, 2019, 4:49 PM EDT

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.
Longshore laborMarine terminals

ILA-USMX reach tentative six-year US East Coast, Gulf Coast agreement

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor | Jun 6, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT

An agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance removes a great deal of uncertainty for shippers that send cargo through East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, and should spare them the need to take precautionary measures to prepare for a possible strike.
Transport, trade and regulation

ILA, USMX report ‘significant progress’ on 6-year extension

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Mar 23, 2018, 6:20 PM EDT

<p>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.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>
Longshore labor

ILA, USMX to resume contract talks

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Mar 9, 2018, 5:58 PM EST

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.
Longshore labor

ILA-USMX talks in limbo amid trans-Pac contract talks

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Jan 14, 2018, 9:28 AM EST

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.
Longshore laborNorth American ports

ILA bluster tactical rather than damning

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Dec 7, 2017, 5:30 PM EST

A closer look at contract extension talks for the US East and Gulf coasts suggests less cause for alarm.
Longshore laborContainer linesNorth American ports

ILA, USMX open talks amid optimism on contract extension

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Dec 5, 2017, 9:29 AM EST

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.
Longshore labor

ILA under pressure to guarantee US East, Gulf coast peace

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Oct 6, 2017, 11:45 AM EDT

Last summer’s contract extension by the ILWU and the PMA increased pressure for an agreement on the East and Gulf coasts.
Longshore laborMaritimeContainer lines

ILA renews push for South Atlantic port jobs

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Sep 26, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT

Riley to seek expanded jurisdiction at new terminal.
Longshore labor

ILA, USMX make early moves toward contract talks

Joseph A Bonney | Sep 25, 2017, 12:59 PM EDT

No formal proposals yet, but Daggett plans to convene ILA delegates.
Longshore labor

New ILWU contract aids US West Coast effort to regain share

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Aug 5, 2017, 12:20 PM EDT

<p>ILWU three-year contract extension is now official</p>
Longshore labor

ILA leader sees no ‘hiccup’ on longshore negotiations

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | May 16, 2017, 10:41 AM EDT

“Bring your cargo, it’s going to be fine.”
Longshore laborNorth American ports

Daggett urges ILA members to avoid work stoppage

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 27, 2017, 11:53 AM EST

A statement issued at JOC's 17th Annual TPM Conference seeks to allay shipper fears.
Longshore labor

US importers, exporters urge ILA to avoid shutdown

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 23, 2017, 3:52 PM EST

“Thousands of companies and millions of workers rely on these ports.”
Longshore laborNorth American ports

USMX says ILA work stoppage would violate contract

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 22, 2017, 1:26 PM EST

Management group for US East and Gulf coasts reminds union of contract's no-strike clause.
Longshore laborNorth American ports

ILA automation stance signals tough labor talks

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Jan 5, 2017, 5:43 PM EST

Union president Harold Daggett takes to Facebook in advance of February meetings.
Longshore laborNorth American ports

ILA: Resolution of current issues must precede contract talks

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Aug 10, 2016, 3:06 PM EDT

The International Longshoremen’s Association won't discuss a contract extension until disputes over the current contract are resolved.
Longshore labor