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.

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 [...]


ILA Walks Out of NY-NJ Talks

From the Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshoremen’s Association broke off talks on a local contract covering work rules and staffing at the Port of New York and New Jersey, clouding prospects for a deal before the ILA’s Feb. 6 contract expiration.

ILA President Harold Daggett and other ILA leaders walked out of the New [...]


Longshoremen Strike Delayed for 30 Days as Agreement Sought

From the AFL-CIO blog:

A temporary deal has been reached between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMA) that will delay for 30 days a strike that was scheduled to start Sunday. The strike would have shut down East Coast ports from Boston to Miami, with 14,000 workers taking part. [...]


ILA and USMX agree to contract extension

News release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached the agreements set forth below as a result of a mediation session conducted [...]