ILA Local in Bayonne Votes to Authorize Strike

Negotiations between ILA and USMX to resume this Wednesday

Members of Local 1588 will strike and send pickets to other ports if no deal is reached on the current Maine-to-Texas master contract, set to expire on September 30, between the International Longshoreman’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance. Negotiations, which broke off on August 22 after the ILA refused to discuss management proposals to change decades-old work rules and overtime pay practices, resume this Wednesday under the supervision of a federal mediator.

Some shippers have already responded to the threat of work stoppages by shifting cargo to pad inventories, or by grabbing space on the West Coast services, where capacity was already tight headed into the holiday peak season. Additionally, several container ship lines have announced congestion surcharges–$1,000 or more per 40-foot box—that would take effect at U.S. ports if there’s a work stoppage.

The last coast-wide strike by the International Longshoreman’s Association was in 1977.

Source: The Journal of Commerce Online