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.

ILA dockworkers in Jacksonville
14 Jan 2013
International Longshoremen’s Association negotiators apparently plan to stay longer at this week’s negotiations on a coastwide contract than they did last week when they cut short bargaining on New York-New Jersey local issues.
11 Jan 2013
Hapag-Lloyd has revised the application date of the congestion surcharge that it plans to apply in the event of an International Longshoremen’s Association strike.
Port of New York and New Jersey container operation
11 Jan 2013
The threat of a strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association had a widely divergent impact on cargo volumes at the five major East Coast container ports as two separate contract deadlines loomed in the last half of 2012, first on Sept. 30 and then by extension to Dec. 29.
Dockworkers in the Port of Philadelphia
11 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance plan to meet next Tuesday to resume federally mediated negotiations on a dockworker contract covering East and Gulf Coast ports.
10 Jan 2013
More than 120 business groups have appealed again for the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Mari
09 Jan 2013
Maersk Line postponed the effective date of its proposed congestion surcharge at West Coast ports until Feb. 14.
ILA in Port of New York and New Jersey
09 Jan 2013
UPDATED: 4:15 EDT International Longshoremen’s Association officials broke off two days of scheduled negotiations on a local contract for New York-New Jersey dockworkers after objecting to employers’ proposed changes.
Moving containers.
09 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the New York Shipping Association have resumed negotiations this week on a local contract including work rules in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Port operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey
02 Jan 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers are shifting their attention to work rules now that a deal on container royalties has averted an East and Gulf Coast dockworker strike.
28 Dec 2012
UPDATED, 7 p.m. EDT, Friday The union and waterfront employers agreed to extend the ILA master contract through Feb. 6, preventing a threatened strike at ports from Maine to Texas.
28 Dec 2012
The Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt and Dundalk public marine terminals will be open Saturday for the delivery and receipt of cargo if no agreement is reached...
25 Dec 2012
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance have accepted a federal mediator’s invitation to meet this week in a last-ditch effort to head off an ILA strike at East and Gulf Coast ports.
24 Dec 2012
Hapag-Lloyd is advising customers to avoid delivering reefer exports to inland locations...
23 Dec 2012
East and Gulf Coast ports are clearing cargo from marine terminals in preparation for next week’s threatened dockworker strike as a negotiating standoff continues.
20 Dec 2012
A coalition of more than 100 business organizations from across the United States urged President Obama to take "immediate action" to prevent the International Longshoremen’s Association from striking when its contract expires Dec. 29.
20 Dec 2012
The National Retail Federation and more than 100 national and state associations today sent a letter to President Obama to urge the administration to ensure that an International Longshoremen’s Association strike does not occur.
ILA dockers in Houston port
20 Dec 2012
With contract negotiations at an impasse, International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett has directed ILA locals to prepare for a Dec. 30 strike at East and Gulf Coast ports.
Charleston port ILA crane operator
18 Dec 2012
Failure of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance to extend their contract negotiations raises the likelihood of a Maine-to-Texas dock strike at year-end.
ILA North Carolina
18 Dec 2012
Contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance broke off today, raising the likelihood of a Maine-to-Texas dock strike at year-end.
18 Dec 2012
Maersk Line recently announced that it will implement a congestion surcharge in the event of an International Longshoremen’s Association strike at East and Gulf coast ports, which would begin Dec. 29...
Worker at port.
18 Dec 2012
Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance resumed negotiations today...
17 Dec 2012
The National Retail Federation urged President Obama to “use all means necessary” to head off a threatened Maine-to-Texas
14 Dec 2012
The National Industrial Transportation League, the United States’ largest shipper organization, urged President Obama to
14 Dec 2012
Montreal’s Maritime Employers Association is conducting its own negotiations with ILA locals 375 and 1657 for renewal of the contract that expires on Dec. 31, but the contract likely would be extended if they don’t reach agreement by year-end.
14 Dec 2012
Striking port clerical workers had barely raised their picket signs at Los Angeles-Long Beach this month when shippers began clamoring for President Obama to use the Taft-Hartley Act to end the walkout.
Port of Savannah, dockworkers
13 Dec 2012
The common thread running through all labor actions on the waterfront is a realization that technology and automation is changing the workplace union members have known throughout their careers, and some of the high-paying waterfront jobs that have traditionally been passed down from father to sons, daughters and grandchildren may no longer be available to pass on.
Cranes at Port of New York and New Jersey
12 Dec 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said a meeting with management negotiators next week on the issue of container royalties will determine whether the ILA carries through on its threat of a year-end strike.
12 Dec 2012
Orient Overseas Container Line today announced that it will implement a “Port Congestion Surcharge” in the event of an International Longshoremen’s Association strike...
Dockworker at the Port of Savannah
12 Dec 2012
A Journal of Commerce survey found that cargo owners are flustered by the eight-day office clerical workers strike last month in Los Angeles-Long Beach, and the possibility of an East and Gulf Coast dockworker strike three weeks from now, but cargo diversion is not an option for many shippers.
11 Dec 2012
Representatives of the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance met in small committees Tuesday to discuss and refine the two sides’ proposals in federally mediated talks.
10 Dec 2012
International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett won authorization from ILA delegates to call a strike if a bargaining impasse isn’t settled before the union’s contract expires Dec. 29.
07 Dec 2012
A coalition of organizations representing manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistic
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

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.