Longshoreman Labor

Longshoreman Labor

News concerning the maritime port and labor industry including employment, unions and more.

Commentary

Led by the above-trend growth in the United States, the global economic expansion continues. That should make 2018 a promising year for container shipping, right? Not quite. Consider: ocean carriers' perennial efforts to increase market share, rising fuel costs, ditto for charter/feeder/inland costs, and the threat of a trade war.  

News & Analysis

Port of New York and New Jersey.
11 Dec 2018
Employers at the Port of New York and New Jersey plan to hire a substantial number of longshoremen for auto and cruise work, among other work needs.
Port of Baltimore.
02 Nov 2018
What triggered the walkout in the Baltimore terminal, which is operated by Ports America Chesapeake, is unclear, but the job action is a reminder that although the signing of the six-year master contract was seen as a harbinger of stability along the two coasts, disputes over local issues and actions can intervene.
Port of Los Angeles.
30 Oct 2018
The new ILWU president and his team are certified and now face the challenge of rebuilding the image of West Coast ports for labor reliability, as BCOs still remember the labor disruptions of 2002 and 2014-2015.
A busy street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
28 Oct 2018
Transport workers and employers are protesting an amendment to the Road Transport Act that holds them largely responsible for any fatal road accidents.
Reefer boxes stacked.
25 Oct 2018
At issue is an effort by port employers to have deskbound longshoremen monitor the temperature of each reefer twice a day to ensure that it is at the correct temperature, instead of longshoremen physically walking up to each box, checking, and documenting the temperature on an iPad.
A container ship and containers at a port.
08 Oct 2018
The International Longshoremen’s Association’s boycott of the 44th Congress of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, which begins Sunday, provides additional evidence that the introduction of further automation will not be a quick and simple process.
Port of Oakland.
19 Sep 2018
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union declined comment, and there has been no public announcement on the details of the challenges, but the union’s constitution is clear on the multistep process that will unfold over the next two months.
New York Harbor approaching New Jersey.
17 Sep 2018
The law and the complaint suit are the latest salvos in the ongoing dispute between the commission on one side, and on the other the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association, over the commission’s role at the port. Both sides contend that they are trying to correct problems that can hinder the smooth operation of the port and therefore the cost-efficient flow of shipper’s cargo.
Port of Prince Rupert.
10 Sep 2018
Neither the employers nor the union are saying what contract terms are being negotiated, other than to say these are “normal contract issues," a maritime employers’ association official said.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
07 Sep 2018
The deal removes the need for a new contract — the biggest source of labor disruptions, on both East and Gulf coasts — until at least 2024. It parallels a labor deal for US West Coast ports lasting until 2022. Longshoremen backed that deal, a five-year extension of the last contract, in July 2017.
Port of Vancouver, Canada.
06 Sep 2018
“With the assistance of federal mediators, GCT Canada and ILWU Local 502 reached a tentative five-year collective bargaining agreement,” the terminal operator stated in a release on Thursday.
Port of Philadelphia.
31 Aug 2018
The union said the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association's latest offer was unacceptable because it did not address three main staffing issues.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Aug 2018
The deal, if approved by a majority of the International Longshoremen's Association members, would ensure labor peace on both East and Gulf coasts until at least 2024.
Port of Seattle.
22 Aug 2018
Western Washington members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, are engaged in a contract dispute with a construction industry employer performing general construction work throughout the region.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Aug 2018
The six-year deal contains good news for shippers concerning labor peace and the non-interruption of cargo. However, the deal is a setback for tech-driven and automation-driven efficiency improvements.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Jul 2018
The two candidates standing for election appear to have identified the correct formula concerning two leadership factors.
19 Jul 2018
While higher pay should improve labor relations, a host of other worker concerns remain unresolved.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
10 Jul 2018
The East Coast’s largest port, with the most complex negotiations, has reached an agreement. The International Longshoremen's Association wants all such local agreements to be completed before the master contract that covers the ports on both coasts can be ratified.
ILA-USMX.
06 Jun 2018
An agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance removes a great deal of uncertainty for shippers that send cargo through East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, and should spare them the need to take precautionary measures to prepare for a possible strike.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
04 Jun 2018
Some shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may take comfort from a federal judge’s ruling that the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor will continue to fight crime and oversee hiring in the port. Other shippers may be concerned that commission’s activities will continue, and hurt hiring and efficiency.
Port of Philadelphia.
18 May 2018
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has been battling non-ILA competition at Delaware River terminals for more than two decades. Jim Paylor, president of Local 1566, said non-ILA unions have kept down wages, among other ramifications.
Trucks near the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 May 2018
Shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may want to monitor the outcome of the debate over how a truck driver is defined — as an independent contractor or an employee — to determine whether a trucking group is correct that a change in the regulations could diminish the drayage service at the port.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
11 May 2018
Negotiators from the ILA and USMX will try to reach an agreement on local labor agreements, so that talks next month in Florida can focus on the six-year, coastwide deal.
Two cranes at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
12 Apr 2018
The International Longshoremen's Association East Coast and Gulf Coast employer representatives will meet June 5 through 7 in hopes of wrapping up the master and local contracts in advance of the current agreement’s Sept. 30 expiration.
A giant crane awaits a container ship at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
23 Mar 2018
International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance committees report “significant progress” during two days of bargaining on a new master contract that BCOs hope will be settled well in advance of the Sept. 30 expiration.  
Port of NY and NJ crane simulator.
21 Mar 2018
Three new simulators at the Port of New York and New Jersey enable crane operator trainees to get hands-on experience, as well as guidance from nearby trainers, rather than taking up valuable time on a real crane.
09 Mar 2018
Although the International Longshoremen's Association has not had a coastwide strike since 1977, beneficial cargo owners are anxious to have a new agreement in place.
02 Mar 2018
NRF-led coalition tells ILA and USMX cargo loss is imminent if they do not resume contract negotiations soon.
16 Jan 2018
Waterfront officials are suing to stop New Jersey's governor from enforcing a law enacted Monday that would terminate an agreement giving the Waterfront Commission the power to do background checks and criminal investigations at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Jan 2018
ILA and USMX officials had hoped to agree on a contract extension that would reassure the hundreds of shippers who will attend the JOC’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) conference March 4-7 in Long Beach, California.
10 Jan 2018
The legislation is the latest event in the ongoing, bitter dispute between the commission and the New York Shipping Association and the International Longshoremen’s Association.
03 Jan 2018
New Jersey's new governor is a big union supporter, which could help the ILA in its fight against the Waterfront Commission.
19 Dec 2017
“The question is how to pay for them.”
14 Dec 2017
Pacific Maritime Association president Jim McKenna said there is a realization among the ILWU leadership and rank and file that, “The perception of the ports, the credibility of the ports, means jobs.”