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ILA, USMX Signal Early Contract Talks

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), representing employers of the East and Gulf Coast longshore industry, sent a letter to the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) outlining a proposal for a contract extension with the union's more than 65,000 members employed at East and Gulf Coast Ports. The current ILA-USMX contract is set to expire September 30, 2018. The specifics of USMX's proposal have not been released, but ILA President Harold Daggett told members the union is reviewing and evaluating the contents of the document and has contacted USMX to receive clarification regarding some of the proposed items. No formal negotiations have been scheduled, but both parties are working to reach an agreement before the current contract expires. The ILA and USMX's West Coast counterparts - the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association - recently approved a three-year contract nearly two years before the current agreement expires to avoid a repeat of the 2015 shutdown, which resulted in billions of dollars in lost economic activity.

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