After negotiations broke off in December over automation, the International Longshore Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) are back at the table and are, reportedly, making good progress on a new six-year contract. The contract will cover operations at East and Gulf Coast ports.
Last August, the West Coast labor union, ILWU, agreed to a three-year contract extension. The new contract will expire on July 1, 2022. We appreciate the extension and look forward to peace on the waterfront.
We are excited to usher in a new year. It may sound crazy, but we’re looking forward to another year of changes and challenges as those are things that make logistics fun.
One notable change for 2014: A significant California Air Resources Board (CARB) drayage truck retirement deadline went into effective January 1, 2014. In order to serve any of the ocean and rail terminals in the state, one must be driving a model-year engine 2007 or newer truck.
One notable challenge for 2014: The contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employer group, Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), expires on June 30, 2014. It is expected jurisdiction will be a key factor in the discussions. The ILWU sees every job performed at the marine terminals as a job belonging to the ILWU. We have seen several battles over the jurisdiction of jobs on both coasts over the past year which have resulted in work stoppages and legal action.