BREAKING NEWS: ILA and USMX agree to Six-Year Master Contract

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DELRAY BEACH, FL. (June 6, 2018) – The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) announced they reached tentative agreement on a six-year Master Contract, subject to ratification by ILA members at ports from Maine to Texas and by the USMX membership. The current USMX-ILA Contract expires on September 30, 2018.

“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.

Some 200 ILA Wage Scale delegates unanimously approved the terms of the new agreement, following two-days of Master Contract negotiations in Delray Beach, Florida. The agreement culminates months of tough negotiations between the ILA and USMX. Both sides hailed the agreement that was reached months ahead of the expiration of the current pact.

The two sides encouraged local ILA and management groups to finalize local agreements by July 10, 2018, prior to full membership ratification votes by the ILA rank-and-file members and USMX.

Details of the tentative Master Contract agreement were not made available.

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Hurricane Season Port Conditions and Categories

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.  Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival.

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PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at completion of port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.

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A Powerful Message On Negotiations From ILA’s Dennis A. Daggett

To all ILA members:

I haven’t posted that much the past few months because I have been traveling from Port to Port dealing with contractual issues or jurisdictional disputes. Thank God, I have a very understanding wife and two children who are starting to realize what their Dad does and what our movement really means.

I have a few observations that I would like to share with you:
Your leaders, led by your International President, having been working diligently and aggressively on a New Master Contract. I believe when it is all said and done this will be the greatest contract in our History. Having said that, I have been concerned for some time now about Local Negotiations. It is mind boggling to me that most Ports/Port Association’s completely disregarded the directive that was sent out by the International and USMX that May 15th was the deadline for all Local agreements to be finalized. What your seeing is new Management Representatives who are new to the bargaining process and are waiting for “Big Brother” to step in and resolve their issues, or Employers who are just blatantly disrespecting the process.

How do we stay united and “Stand Strong” once again if we are not involved in our Local Union Meetings? There are Locals who have less than 10% of the total membership attending Union Meetings. I understand that some members are frustrated with the grandstanding/politics at local meetings. As frustrated as that may be, we all still need to be engaged. At my Local meetings, it is my goal to have the most ILA/Industry educated membership in the entire Dockworker movement. I am Proud to say we average over 400 members at our monthly meetings. I want our members to be knowledgeable in all aspects of our industry including, Pension, Contractual issues, Operational Changes, all Longshore issues outside of our craft and Port, work preservation, new jobs created out of technology, worldwide Dockworker issues, and the list goes on and on. We must attend our Local meetings for the betterment of our future! Recently, we did a study to see what Ports/Locals were having the most problems. Most not all, were Locals who were constantly overturning leadership. We play right into management’s hand when this happens! It is much easier for management to take advantage of a local Union when there is no consistency in leadership. We have some very talented young leaders who are coming up in our Union, and it’s a nice blend with the veteran leadership already in place. Let’s take advantage of it. I ask you to please attend your membership meetings and be engaged for the betterment of our future. We will make sure that your Local leaders are delivering the “Right” message. Just some food for thought. I hope you all have a safe Memorial Day Weekend…

Stand Strong ILA!!!
Fraternally yours,
Dennis A. Daggett

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WORLDWIDE SUPPORT GROWING FOR ILA PHILADELPHIA MEMBERS; ITF JOINS IDC PLEDGING FULL SUPPORT TO BATTLE ANTI-ILA FORCES

NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (May 23, 2018) The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has joined the International Dockers’ Council (IDC) pledging full support to members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington in their current battle with Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association and two companies. The two worldwide labor organizations indicated they would take all lawful steps to help the ILA reclaim lost work.

Last week, the ILA announced that as it was engaging in negotiations with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) on a possible six-year contract extension, it is simultaneously working on plans with its ILA membership in the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington to recapture work lost to non-ILA and non-union companies.

“It’s time to address the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington and how certain companies, the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association (PMTA) and the Philadelphia Port Authority have exploited our ILA members there for decades, gutting local ILA contracts, and stripping them of their dignity and livelihoods,” said International President Harold J. Daggett. “All waterfront jobs at the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington belong to my ILA members and we are ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to get those jobs back. We are going to arm our members there with solidarity and support to engage in this battle.”

One strategy may be to allow the ILA in the Port of Philadelphia and Wilmington to “carve itself out” of the ILA-USMX Master Contract, freeing the membership there to exercise their right to strike and freedom of assembly against non-ILA and non-union companies.

“The International Dockers’ Council stands in full solidarity with our Sister and Brother members of the ILA in the Port of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Wilmington (Delaware) as it battles employers Holt Logistics and J & H Stevedores as well as the employer group, PMTA, Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association, all of whom have demonstrated horrible contempt for ILA union workers,” wrote Jordi Aragunde Miguens, IDC General Coordinator. “We will join the ILA in fight their attempts to strip workers and their families of decent and livable wages and benefits.”

Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the 20 million member transportation workers of the ITF wrote: “You have the undivided solidarity of your sisters and brothers of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) in the fight to support members in Philadelphia and Wilmington.”

USMX has been promoting its strong partnership with ILA and touting the four-plus decades of industry stability at ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. The ILA believes its Master Contract with USMX has allowed non-ILA companies operating out of the Port of Philadelphia to prosper and grow while ILA workers suffer.

According to ILA officers in the port of Philadelphia, the PMTA consists of two double-breasted operators that work at three significant facilities on the Delaware River. The Holts operate Greenwich Terminals at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal through a lease with the State of Pennsylvania and ILA members are employed at that facility. The Holts also own and operate Gloucester Terminals in New Jersey, a facility where they displaced ILA workers in the early 1990’s.

They now operate the Paulsboro Marine Terminal through a lease with the State of New Jersey, and employ non-ILA workers. The Browns own J&H Stevedores and operate Pier 80 using ILA workers through a lease with the State of Pennsylvania. They also use ILA workers at their Murphy Marine Terminal in the port of Wilmington, Delaware, as well as for Dole and Chiquita. The Browns do not use ILA workers at Horizon Inc. that operates at Pier 82. These companies’ ILA operations are part of the PMTA, and therefore parties to the Master Agreement by virtue of their memberships. The ILA charges that these companies keep wages and benefits stagnant by pitting their non-ILA operations against the ILA workers and have put little effort into negotiating a local agreement that could be paired with the potential six-year Master Contract.

ILA leaders in Philadelphia reported that ILA Locals have been prepared to negotiate since August of 2017. The PMTA canceled negotiations in December 2017. Mandated by USMX to hold local negotiations, PMTA produced what the ILA described as a “ridiculous proposal filled with major concessions,” followed by giving its last and final proposal on the industry-imposed deadline of May 15, 2018.

“By its actions, the PMTA has proven itself to be an enemy of ILA workers, committed to stripping workers of decent wages, proper pensions and other protections,” said the ILA. “We are going to position our ILA members there to take whatever legal actions they can to protect their jobs and future. The ILA is certain that its membership at all ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and through our affiliations with the world-wide International Dockers’ Council and International Transport Workers’ Federation, will stand in solidarity with our Sister and Brother ILA members in the port of Philadelphia and Wilmington.”

The IDC responded immediately with a statement indicating it was prepared to strike shipping companies calling on the port of Philadelphia and Wilmington at all its affiliated ports around the world if they failed to take action against these non-ILA companies and the PMTA. The leadership of the ITF joined them: “The east coast of the US belongs to the ILA. Your members support each other and embody the dignity, respect and unity that we promote around the world. Again, on behalf of 20 million transport workers from 650 unions in 140 countries worldwide, we are with you in this fight.”

Here is the letter from the ITF and letter from the IDC.

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Texas Election Day May 22, 2018

Today is Election Day, with registered voters taking to the polls to determine winners of runoff elections in more than 30 political contests.  If you did not early vote, please get out and vote today!  The polls are open until 7:00 PM.

 

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