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.
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.


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.