USMX and ILA Agree to Extend Local Bargaining Deadline
February 27, 2013
USMX and the ILA have agreed to extend the March 1st deadline for
completion of local negotiations to March 8, 2013, to coincide with the
Wage Scale Meetings scheduled for the week of March 11th.
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The U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) and International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) said they have agreed to extend the March 1 deadline for completion of local negotiations to March 8.
They said the extended deadline will coincide with the wage scale meetings planned by the union for the week of March 11.
USMX and the ILA reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 1 on a new six-year master contract. The ILA-USMX master contract covers more than 14,500 ILA members who handle containerized cargoes in 14 U.S. East and Gulf coast ports.
Since then they have been continuing negotiations over local issues.
George H. Cohen, director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which has been assisting the two sides in contract talks, noted in February the tentative master agreement was subject to the ratification procedures of both parties as well as agreements being achieved in local union negotiations. - Chris Dupin