ILA Labor Negotiations

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.

News & Analysis

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.
ILA crane operator in Port of New York
07 Dec 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance will meet on Monday to resume contract negotiations amid growing concern about a Maine-to-Texas dock strike to start in 2013.
06 Dec 2012
The Retail Industry Leaders Association and National Retail Federation have urged the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance to reach...
30 Nov 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett says the annual checks ILA members receive from carrier
For Shippers, It Could Be Unhappy Holidays
30 Nov 2012
Never mind the fiscal cliff. For container shipping, the U.S. budget impasse has been upstaged by another year-end crisis: the threat of a Maine-to-Texas dockworkers’ strike.
20 Nov 2012
The president of the International Longshoremen’s Association complained that carriers “invest in building new ships at n
20 Nov 2012
Management’s top negotiator in Maine-to-Texas dockworker contract talks said International Longshoremen’s Association leaders have shown an “uncompromising posture” and “view bargaining as a one-way street.”
container lashing work in South Carolina
16 Nov 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett broke weeks of silence on ILA contract negotiations by warning the union won’t accept caps on container royalty bonuses or cuts to hourly minimums and overtime.
ILA crane worker in Port of New York and New Jersey
07 Nov 2012
Negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and waterfront employers are expected to resume this mo
24 Oct 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association and employer representatives discussed “a number of major issues” in two days of contract negotiations thi
14 Oct 2012
A federal mediator said negotiations on a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract would resume this week following “good progress” in five days of talks that ended Saturday.
08 Oct 2012
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance will resume contract
26 Sep 2012
Average spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade stayed flat this week after a jump of 8.6 percent last week fueled by demand for space.
25 Sep 2012
Check in with the JOC as we provide you with the latest developments out of the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance contract negotiations labor dispute.
20 Sep 2012
Retailers say they welcome the agreement by the International Longshormen’s Associaiton and United States Maritime Alliance.
20 Sep 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance agreed to a 90-day contract extension, averting a threatened Maine-to-Texas dock strike at the end of this month.
20 Sep 2012
Trans-Pacific spot rates jumped 8.6 percent this week from last week as U.S. importers scrambled to find space on vessels bound for the West Coast as a precaution against a possible East Coast port strike by the International Longshoremen's Association.
19 Sep 2012
Negotiators for the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance met Wednesday in Newark, N.J., and planned to return Thursday for a second day of negotiations.
18 Sep 2012
An International Longshoremen’s Association local in Bayonne, N.J., voted to authorize a strike and send pickets to other ports if no contract agreement is reached before the ILA’s current
17 Sep 2012
The president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation said his meeting with U.S.
05 Sep 2012
Capacity going through U.S. West Coast ports will be in short supply if the International Longshoremen's Association strikes or is locked out at East and Gulf Coast ports, according to the world’s largest container line.

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.