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.

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05 Aug 2017
ILWU three-year contract extension is now official
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.
18 Apr 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association and an employer group representing equipment
17 Apr 2013
Employers ratified a six-year master contract for International Longshoremen’s Association members at East and Gulf Coast ports, giving final approval to a deal that ILA members approved last week.
Port of New York and New Jersey container operation
12 Apr 2013
New York Shipping Association members ratified a new International Longshoremen’s Association labor contract that NYSA officials said clears the way to make the Port of New York and New Jersey more competitive.
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.


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.