ILA & USMX Getting to Work Early to Beat the Deadline for a New Contract

Posted March 6, 2017
Category Company News
The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance representing employers of the U.S. East and Gulf Coast longshore industry, recently held a day-long informal conference that primarily served as a forum for local union officials to air their views to management about what they’d like to see in the next contract.  Officials representing both parties reaffirmed their commitment to negotiating a new or extended contract before the current one expires in 19 months. Wednesday’s informal conference provided both sides with “an opportunity to share, in preliminary talks, issues that are important to both the ILA and employers as…

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The Push for Terminal Automation Sets the Stage for Tough ILA Labor Negotiations

Posted January 12, 2017
Category Company News
While the USMA (United States Maritime Alliance) and ILA’s (International Longshoremen’s Association) decision to start negotiations next month (February 13 to 17) on a new contract offered optimism, recent comments by ILA President Harold Daggett set a sobering tone to the upcoming discussions.  ILA president Harold Daggett has vowed to fight port terminal automation and has predicted this issue “will dominate” the union’s next round of bargaining with the USMA on a contract to replace the one expiring on Sept. 30, 2018.  Daggett also fired warning shots regarding automation last week, reminding shippers negotiations on a new US East and…

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