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ILA-USMX Reach Tentative Six-Year East Coast, Gulf Coast Agreement

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) last week agreed on a tentative six-year master contract for East and Gulf coast dockworkers. The deal, if approved by rank-and-file ILA members, would remain in place until 2024, and parallels a labor agreement for U.S. West Coast ports that expires in 2022. To be enacted, the agreement requires ratification by the union’s local members, who have until July 10 to conclude negotiations on local issues. The ILA-USMX master contract covers wages, medical benefits, carrier-paid container royalties and other coast-wide issues. Bargaining on supplementary local and regional contracts, which cover work rules, pensions and other port-specific issues, are conducted separately. The current ILA-USMX contract expires September 30, 2018.

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