ILA and USMX Reach Tentative Labor Agreement
On February 2, 2013, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) published an article announcing that the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) reached a tentative six-year labor contract, which would cover ports in the East and Gulf coasts.
In a press release issued by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Director George H. Cohen explains that "the tentative agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. Those local negotiations are ongoing and will continue without interruption to any port operation."
Expeditors is monitoring the situation closely, and will provide more information as it becomes available.
The JOC article is available online here.
The press release by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service can be accessed here.
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