The International Longshoremen’s Association and the employer group United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have reached agreement on a tentative master contract that will run through 2024. The deal to replace a contract that expires Sept. 30 still must be approved by rank-and-file members of the union, which represents dockworkers on the East and Gulf coasts.
“We have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year master contract that is beneficial to both sides,” said Harold J. Daggett, ILA president, and David F. Adam, chairman of USMX, in a joint statement. But they did not reveal any information about future pay increases or other aspects of the agreement.
Some 200 ILA wage-scale delegates unanimously approved the terms of the new agreement, following two days of master contract negotiations in Delray Beach, Fla.
“The agreement culminates months of tough negotiations between the ILA and USMX,” the statement said. “Both sides hailed the agreement that was reached months ahead of the expiration of the current pact.
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