Officials of the International Longshoremen’s Association and its US East and Gulf Coast employers said in the statement that they are committed to negotiating a new or extended contract before the current one expires in 19 months.
Last week the Journal of Commerce reported that the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance held an informal contract talks. Earlier last week, the ILA conducted a two-day workshop in which leaders from ILA locals discussed key issues for bargaining on the coast-wide master contract and supplementary local or regional agreements.
The informal conference provided both sides with “an opportunity to share, in preliminary talks, issues that are important to both the ILA and employers as we collectively move from these talks to official wage scale negotiations,” the ILA and USMX said in a joint statement after the session. They described the conference as “productive and fruitful.”
No date has been announced for formal bargaining, which will begin after ILA locals elect more than 150 wage-scale delegates to be on hand for negotiations with USMX. ILA President Harold Daggett is expected to call for those elections soon.
The current six-year contract is in effect until September 30th, 2018.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide more updates once available.