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Port Workers Reach Labor Agreement
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has agreed to a six-year extension of its contract with the United State Maritime Alliance (USMX). The contract was set to expire at the end of September and negotiators had hoped to avoid the sort of port shutdown that cost the economy billions in 2015.
ILA said that members at ports from Maine to Texas on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a six-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX). The union said the deal will “bring generous pay increases, landmark protections against job-killing fully automated ports and labor peace and stability through September 30, 2024.”
ILA President Harold J. Daggett said the agreement would cover workers at ports for Maine to Texas and called the agreement the best contract he has seen in his 50-plus-year ILA career. “ILA members covered under this ILA-USMX master agreement can now look to a bright future where their salaries will increase and the threat of job loss from fully automated terminals, semiautomated terminals, and automated equipment is eliminated,” Daggett said.
VI has been working with a large coalition of shippers and manufacturers encouraging the ILA and USMX to reach an agreement before their contract was set to expire.