Union, ports move closer to new contract

Mar 14, 2013 | 08:21 AM |

Tags  ILA, International Longshoremen's Association, United States Maritime Alliance, USMX, George Cohen, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, labor agreement

NEW YORK — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have taken another step toward a new master contract covering 15,000 workers at 14 major East and Gulf coast ports after both groups approved a tentative agreement March 13.

"I am extremely pleased to announce that (the) parties have approved their tentative agreement for a successor master agreement," Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service director George H. Cohen said in a statement. "This monumental result ... paves the way for six years of stable labor management relations covering the Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports."....

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