Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Erica Phillips on June 6, 2018.
Dockworkers at US East and Gulf Coast seaports reached a tentative six-year contract agreement with the port operators, the two sides said Wednesday, beating the September expiration of the current pact and setting the stage for several years of labor peace at the country’s trade gateways.
In a statement Wednesday, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance Ltd., which represents port associations and marine terminal companies from Maine to Texas, said in a statement that terms of the agreement were unanimously approved by 200 delegates of the ILA’s 65,000 maritime-worker membership after months of on-again, off-again negotiations.
Discussions between the ILA and the employers’ group, known as USMX, had broken off in December over disagreements on how ports define automation, but the parties returned to the table in March. …