International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Update

According to a Journal of Commerce article today, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has put a hold on early contract extension discussions with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).  The parties had started initial discussions late last year on the potential for a contract extension.  According to a statement from ILA Executive Vice President Dennis Daggett, all of the issues with the current contract must be resolved before the ILA will begin discussions on a new contract.  The current East Coast/Gulf Coast contract expires September 2018.