Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association's Local 1804-1 and Local 1814 have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract with employers represented by the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association.
Members voted in favor of a new six-year contract by a vote of 632-18, according to an announcement by Dennis A. Daggett, the president of Local 1804-1 and the chief negotiator for the maintenance locals. The ratification vote was held on Tuesday, April 30.
“The tremendous support for this contract demonstrates the strength and unity of our ILA Local 1804-1 and 1814 Metro members,” Daggett said. “Our negotiations were tough and our resolve was tested, but in the end, we have achieved a landmark six-year agreement for our membership."
ILA Metro members of ILA Local 1804-1 voted 542-17 in favor of the new agreement. Local 1814’s vote was 90-1 in support of the six-year deal.
The ILA said it won generous wage and additional differential pay increases plus improvements on pension plans for its members and vacation pay.
ILA Metro workers will receive similar health plan benefits to those enjoyed by ILA members working under the ILA-United States Maritime Alliance Contract; these workers can either join the ILA-USMX health care plan “MILA” or opt for matching that benefits plan with their own plan. - Chris Dupin