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ILA Approves Contract Extension with USMX

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) last week announced that members unanimously approved a six-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX). Under the contract, employees will receive a $1 per hour increase in salary in years two, four, five and six and a $1 increase in the ILA's national money purchase plan - a type of defined benefit pension - in years one and three of the agreement. Fully automated equipment is banned for the duration of the contract, and semi-automated equipment and technology automation will not be implemented until both USMX and ILA agree to workforce protections and staffing levels. A "setback" provision in the contract allows carriers to change start times for longshore work to ensure shipping companies are not paying the salaries of longshoremen who are waiting for ships that have been delayed in getting to a berth because of weather or issues such as channels being blocked because of dredging. The new contract begins October 1, 2018, and runs through September 30, 2024. The current contract was set to expire at the end of September.

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