Local port contract negotiations deteriorate, master contract negotiations remain on schedule
On Jan. 10, TGA joined 120 other major associations in sending a letter to the leaders of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), who are currently negotiating for a new Master Contract for the East and Gulf Coast ports. Under federal mediation, the parties agreed on Dec. 28, 2012 to temporarily extend the Master Contract until Feb. 6, 2013, and the letter encourages the parties to reach a final agreement in advance of this deadline. The need for a new Master Contract coincides with the need for new local contracts in major ports as well. Negotiations resumed Jan. 9 between the ILA and the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) for the local contract at the Port of NY/NJ — however, the ILA walked out of negotiations after just 2 hours. The points of contention in the NY/NJ contract are staffing issues and pay practices. Negotiations for the Master Contract began this week as scheduled. TGA encourages members to utilize this letter template and use their influence on the White House and the negotiating parties to encourage a swift resolution.