NORTH BERGEN, NJ – Thousands of members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, at ports from Maine to Texas have approved a Six-Year Master Contract Extension with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) that will bring pay increases and landmark job protections at automated ports.
ILA President Harold J. Daggett, the union’s Chief Negotiator termed this agreement the best contract ever. “This is a great day for the ILA and our union membership,” said President Daggett. “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, semi-automated terminals and automated equipment is eliminated. Our national health care plan, MILA remains the strong and our members will benefit from increases in Container Royalty.”
The current ILA Master Contract was set to expire at the end of September. The new contract is now in effect for six years until September 30, 2024.
“This extension not only protects the benefits ILA members already have, but also enhances these benefits to ensure that they are compensated appropriately for all your hard work,” said President Daggett. “I am particularly pleased with the jurisdictional protections that the ILA has negotiated that will ensure ILA jobs will be preserved in the years ahead. I believe that this proposed extension represents a giant step forward in the collective bargaining history of the ILA.”