The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast […]


ILA-USMX ‘exploratory’ talks may become more tangible next month

From the Journal of Commerce:

The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance have been exploring a possible extension far in advance of the contract’s Sept. 30, 2018, expiration. … The talks are understood to be fairly amorphous at this point but could take more tangible shape at the ILA’s July 19-23 convention in San Juan, […]


East Coast ports, dockworkers get early start on contract talks

From the Wall Street Journal:

Hoping to avoid the labor strife that plagued U.S. West Coast seaports over the last eight months, managers of East and Gulf coast ports have started talks aimed at a new contract with organized port workers more than three years before the current agreement expires.

The United States Maritime […]


Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, […]


U.S. East Coast Ports Suffer ILA Hangover

From the Journal of Commerce:

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.

Because the ILA contract was not settled until early this year, cargo diversions continued into the first quarter of […]


USMX members ratify new 6-year master contract

USMX has issued the following news release:

Vote Concludes 13 Months of Negotiations with Longshoremen

NEWARK, N.J. (April 17, 2013) — After more than a year of bargaining, members of the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) voted today to ratify a new six-year Master Contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The approval came […]


ILA Members Overwhelming Ratify New Six-Year Master Contract; New York-New Jersey ILA Group Says Yes to Local Agreement

From the International Longshoremen’s Association. April 9:

A new six-year Master Contract, covering some 14,500 waterfront workers belonging to the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA) was overwhelming approved by ILA members today in a ratification vote conducted at ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. The ILA negotiated this new Master Contract with United States […]


Port deal reached between longshoremen and East Coast shippers

The federal mediator who twice succeeded in extending contract talks as strike deadlines loomed issued a statement today praising Daggett and USMX Chairman James Capo for coming to terms.

The USMX and the ILA issued a joint statement in which Capo said he was “obviously pleased,” by the agreement. Daggett was quoted as calling it, […]


Longshoremen Talks With NY/NJ Port Terminal Operators And Ocean Carriers Nearing Critical Deadline

Excerpts from International Business Times:

Even if ILA members approve the master contract, it only goes into effect if local contract issues specific to individual ports are resolved, issues that include work rules and pensions. None of the local negotiations are as challenging as those of the Port of New York and New Jersey, where […]


ILA, Employers Resume Local Bargaining

From the Journal of Commerce:

Negotiations are resuming this week at East and Gulf Coast ports on local agreements that supplement the coastwide master contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers.

The ILA and United States Maritime Alliance tentatively agreed Friday night on a six-year master contract. … The ILA-USMX coastwide agreement is […]


ILA, USMX Move Closer to Deal

From today’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance appear to be moving closer to an agreement that would keep East and Gulf Coast ports open after the current dockworker contract expires at midnight Wednesday.

Negotiators met into the night Thursday and reportedly exchanged contract proposals that were to be […]


ILA Diversions: More of a Ripple Than a Wave

Excerpted from a Journal of Commerce Analysis:

East Coast ports maintained their lead in containerized exports in the first nine months of 2012 and increased their share of import and export markets. And they did so despite shipper concerns at the end of September over a potential strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association and a […]


ILA-USMX Talks Continue

From Tuesday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance held a full day of contract negotiations Tuesday and planned to continue their federally mediated bargaining Wednesday.

No details were available on the substance of the negotiations, which are being overseen by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

A 20-member ILA […]


Montreal Longshoremen to Vote on Contract

Dockworkers at the Port of Montreal will vote later this month on an agreement with the port’s Maritime Employers Association on a six-year contract.

No date has been set for the vote by Local 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. About 1,000 union members have been working under an extension of a contract […]


ILA Strike Threat Diversions Vary Widely

From the Journal of Commerce:

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.

The […]