According to the officials, a tentative six-year agreement has been reached between local shipping companies and the union representing 4,500 longshoremen at the Port of New York and New Jersey. A spokesman for the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) confirmed there was a deal with port terminal operators and shippers,
“We are happy to announce that NYSA and the ILA have successfully concluded local contract negotiations on a six-year deal and have produced a settlement that both sides agree will protect ILA members into the future and will allow NYSA-member shippers and carriers to remain competitive in the marketplace,” the ILA and NYSA said in a joint statement, which followed four days of intense negotiations.
The deal that has been reached was significant because it is part of larger talks between the ILA, which represents 14,500 dock workers at 15 ports on the East and Gulf coasts, and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) of shippers, terminal operators and port authorities. As we have advised before, a tentative dea for a new master contract was reached on February 1st. However the master contract is also contingent on the ability of workers to reach additional agreements for individual ports, where work rules and other local issues still have to be hammered out. Those talks are ongoing.
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