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.
13 Dec 2014
A second arbitrator has ruled that the no-strike clause in the coastwide master contract the International Longshoremen’s Association ratified last year applies even in ports where bargaining on supplementary local contracts remains incomplete.
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.
26 Nov 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association are meeting independently today to consider various issues that have been raised in contract negotiations, although they remain ready to reconvene face-to-face talks in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday if necessary.
08 Jul 2014
Employers at the Port of Baltimore have asked a federal court to force an International Longshoremen’s Association local to pay $3.8 million in damages for a three-day strike last October.
Port of Charleston
24 Jun 2014
International Longshoremen’s Association members at Charleston have authorized a strike, but the union has not attempted to halt work at the port.
30 May 2014
An arbitrator is considering longshore staffing requirements for a semi-automated terminal scheduled to be
11 Apr 2014
A standoff continues between Baltimore port employers and the International Longshoremen’s Association over a local contract covering non-containerized breakbulk and automobile shipments.
12 Feb 2014
An International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore voted down a proposed local contract for autos and breakbulk cargo after a top official from ILA headquarters urged members to reject the employers’ proposal.
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.
18 Oct 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association workers agreed Friday to return to work for 90 days while negotiators work on a local contract that triggered a three-day strike this week at the Port of Baltimore.
18 Oct 2013
An arbitrator ruled Friday that an International Longshoremen’s Association local in Baltimore violated a no-strike clause in a coastwide master contract covering work on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo.
Port of Baltimore cranes
18 Oct 2013
Striking Baltimore longshoremen resumed working Friday on containers and roll-on, roll-off cargo covered by a coastwide master contract while arbitration proceedings continued, a management official said.
Port of Baltimore
18 Oct 2013
Striking longshoremen continued to shutter the Port of Baltimore for a third day on Friday.
17 Oct 2013
A longshoremen’s union local and employer representatives plan to meet with an arbitrator on Oct. 18 to try to resolve a strike that idled public docks at the Port of Baltimore for a second day today.
Port of Baltimore cranes
17 Oct 2013
A longshoremen’s strike that has idled the Port of Baltimore continued into its second day today.
16 Oct 2013
The Port of Baltimore was closed today when International Longshoremen’s Association members went on strike following a breakdown in protracted contract negotiations with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore.
Port of Virginia
03 Sep 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association members in Hampton Roads voted 738-284 to ratify a six-year local contract, the ILA said. Dockworkers in the port had twice voted down previous proposals.
31 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association members ended a brief walkout at the Port of Charleston after employers obtained a temporary restraining order from a federal judge.
29 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association clerks and checkers at the Port of Charleston walked off their jobs on Thursday after refusing assignment to additional duties, union officials said.
Dockworkers at the Port of Baltimore
23 Aug 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association reports progress on ILA local agreements in Virginia and Baltimore that remain unsettled four months after ratification of a coastwide master contract for East and Gulf Coast ports.
20 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett and other ILA officials met with employer representatives Tuesday in an effort to reach agreement on a local contract covering about 1,650 dockworkers in the Port of Virginia.
15 Aug 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett plans to spend next week in Norfolk and Baltimore to discuss deadlocked local contract negotiations with ILA members and employers.
13 Aug 2013
For the second time in four months, International Longshoremen’s Association members in Hampton Roads have rejected a local contract covering gang sizes and other issues.
New York Container Terminal dockworker
02 Aug 2013
The New York Shipping Association expects “within the next couple of weeks” to seek permission to expand the longshore work force in the Port of New York and New Jersey, NYSA President John Nardi said.
11 Jun 2013
U.S. East Coast ports experienced widely varying impacts from the months-long threat of labor strife that began last year with the breakdown of talks for a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract.
Port of New York and New Jersey
06 Jun 2013
The New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association are in the early stages of implementing a new contract that targets high costs and low productivity at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
04 Jun 2013
The Port of Virginia plans to halt work for four hours June 12 for a meeting to allow employers to make their case for gradually reducing the size of some container-handling gangs in the local International Longshoremen’s Association contract.
14 May 2013
The New York Shipping Association expects within the next 30 to 60 days to announce a reduction in the per-container assessment that funds longshore benefits at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
01 May 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association employees of equipment maintenance and repair contractors in the Port of New York and New Jersey voted overwhelmingly to ratify a six-year labor contract.
30 Apr 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association employees of equipment maintenance and repair contractors in the Port of New York and New Jersey are voting today on a six-year labor 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.