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.

Crane operator at the Port of New York and New Jersey
09 Apr 2013
UPDATED: International Longshoremen’s Association members overwhelmingly ratified a six-year contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers in a coastwide referendum Tuesday.
ILA dockworkers in the Port of Philadelphia
08 Apr 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association members will vote Tuesday on a six-year coastwide master contract covering 14,500 dockworkers in East and Gulf Coast ports.
APM Terminal, Port of New York and New Jersey
29 Mar 2013
If the new International Longshoremen’s Association contract works as planned, the Port of New York and New Jersey will become more productive and less costly over the next six years.
Dockworker in Port of Savannah
28 Mar 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett has written to ILA members, urging them to ratify a six-year contract agreement covering dockworkers at East and Gulf Coast ports.
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.
ILA dockworkers in the Port of Savannah
27 Mar 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said he plans an aggressive effort to transform the union into a “New ILA” that will cultivate closer links with other unions in the U.S. and abroad.
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.
15 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its stevedore employers at 15 U.S. Great Lakes ports have tentatively agreed to a five-year master contract covering breakbulk and bulk grain cargoes.
15 Mar 2013
The new International Longshoremen’s Association master contract includes a clause designed to encourage state port autho
14 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association has scheduled an April 9 ratification vote on a coastwide master contract that ILA and United States Maritime Alliance officials have agreed upon.
Baltimore dockworkers
13 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance concluded nearly a year of rocky, on-and-off negotiations by agreeing on a six-year contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.
ILA crane operator in Port of New York
13 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance concluded nearly a year of rocky, on-and-off negotiations with an agreement on a six-year contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.
13 Mar 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said he hopes United States Maritime Alliance will approve a contract agreement with the ILA when the two sides resume meetings later today in Tampa.
12 Mar 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association delegates approved in principle a previously announced tentative deal on a Maine-to-Texas master contract, and will meet with United States Maritime Alliance Wednesday to discuss the agreement.
07 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the New York Shipping Association tentatively agreed on a local contract that, if ratified, likely means East and Gulf Coast ports will avoid a work stoppage this year.
07 Mar 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the New York Shipping Association have tentatively agreed on a local contract covering 4,500 ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
New York-New Jersey dockworkers
07 Mar 2013
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and its New York-New Jersey employers planned to resume negotiations today on a local agreement that’s key to the coastwide master contract for East and Gulf Coast dockworkers.
Turkon ship in the Port of New York and New Jersey
04 Mar 2013
This week’s bargaining on an International Longshoremen’s Association local contract for the Port of New York and New Jersey will determine whether East and Gulf Coast ports face the renewed threat of an ILA strike.
ILA dockworkers at the Port of Baltimore
27 Feb 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and employers have set a new March 8 deadline for negotiation of local contracts that supplement a coastwide master agreement covering dockworkers at East and Gulf Coast ports.
15 Feb 2013
No one disputes the port shutdowns are costly and disruptive. But calculating the impact to the overall economy is an inexact science.
Crane operator in the Port of Charleston
15 Feb 2013
There's no celebration yet at East and Gulf Coast ports after a tentative accord on an ILA contract was reached. That because it's contingent on completion of supplemental local contracts.
13 Feb 2013
The tentative coastwide master contract for International Longshoremen’s Association members includes pay raises, a compr
08 Feb 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers, which have tentatively agreed on a coastwide master contr
ILA and USMX logos.
05 Feb 2013
At the end of last week, the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance tentatively agreed on a six-year master contract, averting a threatened Maine-to-Texas strike following the current contract’s expiration at midnight Feb. 6.
ILA dockworkers in the Port of Jacksonville, Fla.
04 Feb 2013
Negotiations are resuming this week at East and Gulf Coast ports on local agreements that supplement the coastwide master
Dockworkers at the Port of Mobile, Ala.
03 Feb 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said he’s confident ILA members will be satisfied with a tentative agreement on a coastwide contract and that the union now will turn its attention “to achieving equally successful local contract agreements.”
02 Feb 2013
The National Retail Federation welcomed word of an
02 Feb 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance reached tentative agreement on a six-year coastwide master contract late Friday night, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said.
01 Feb 2013
UPDATED Feb. 1, 2:15 p.m.
New York crane operator
29 Jan 2013
Container ship lines serving East and Gulf Coast ports are urging customers to pick up import containers and return empty boxes before the International Longshoremen’s Association contract expires Feb. 6.
Crane operator in the Port of New York and New Jersey
28 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance resume contract negotiations Tuesday amid the renewed possibility of a work stoppage at East and Gulf Coast ports.
21 Jan 2013
Unions affiliated with International Transport Workers are showing support for their colleagues in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, ahead of what could be a major labor showdown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
Maher Terminals, Port of New York and New Jersey
21 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and employers will resume bargaining Tuesday on New York-New Jersey port issues that may pose the toughest challenge to settlement of an East and Gulf Coast dockworker contract.
Container yard hustler at North Carolina Ports Authority
17 Jan 2013
A federal mediator said three days of bargaining on an East and Gulf Coast dockworker contract yielded progress and that the International Longshoremen’s Association and employers have agreed to continue negotiations.
15 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance held a full day of contract negotiations

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.