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

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.
29 Jan 2014
A federal arbitrator has ordered an International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore to pay ocean carriers $3.8 million for an October strike that violated a no-strike clause in the ILA’s coastwide master contract.
Majestic Maersk in Copenhagen
27 Dec 2013
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Dockworker at the Port of New York and New Jersey
28 Oct 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association officials and port employers told an industry forum that a standoff with the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor over longshore hiring threatens to undermine productivity gains in a new ILA contract.
25 Oct 2013
The New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association said “bureaucratic delays” by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor are jeopardizing productivity at the East Coast’s busiest port.
21 Oct 2013
An arbitrator’s ruling that forced striking Baltimore longshoremen back to work on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo has implications for other East and Gulf Coast ports still negotiating local issues not covered by a coastwide master contract.

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.