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6 The Journal of Commerce | April 16 2018 Spotlight The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) in late March reported "significant progress" during two days of bargaining on a six-year extension of their East and Gulf Coast labor contract. The negotiations last month in Newark, New Jersey, were the first for the ILA and USMX since early December, when negotiations broke off aer a disagreement over the contract's definition of automated terminals, which ILA President Harold Daggett opposes. Committees from both sides worked to develop a contract package to present to the ILA's 200-member wage scale committee "in the near future," the ILA and USMX said in a joint statement. The next step would be a coastwide ratification vote. "We were able to accelerate master contract bargaining with smaller 20-member committees from the ILA and USMX to work out terms of agreement, Daggett and USMX Chairman David F. Adam said. "We are confident that the work we have performed these past two days will ultimately lead to a six-year agreement that will bring stability and growth to our industry to 2024," Daggett and Adam said. They would not comment further. Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are anxious for an agreement well in advance of the Sept. 30 expiration of the current coastwide agreement. The ILA-USMX master contract covers wages, medical benefits, carrier-paid container royalties, and other coastwide issues. Bargaining on supplementary local and regional contracts, which cover work rules, pensions, and other port-specific issues, are conducted separately. When the ILA and USMX broke off master contract negotiations last December, Daggett said he was prepared to delay the resumption of bargaining until the contract expired. Last month, however, the ILA and USMX indicated that a solution to the automation issue was in sight, and said they were ready to resume bargaining. "The ILA has received assurances from USMX that issues and concerns regarding automation have been adequately addressed, opening a path toward successfully negotiating a new agreement well before the current master contract expires at the end of September," the union and employers said in a joint statement on March 9. Jacksonville Port Authority Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events: Chris Brooks 609 649 2181, Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and Mark Szakonyi 202 872 1234, Managing Editor: Barbara Wyker 908 777 3217, Senior Editors: Joseph Bonney Breakbulk/Project Cargo, Gulf Coast 973 508 2417, William B. Cassidy Trucking and Domestic Transportation 202 872 1228, Bill Mongelluzzo West Coast 562 428 5999, Hugh Morley Northeast, Mexico 646 679 3475, Greg Knowler Europe Editor, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit +44 7976798770, Turloch Mooney Global Ports, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit +852 9011 9109, Associate Editor: Ari Ashe Southeast Ports, Intermodal Rail 202 548 7895, Web Editor: Joseph Lazzaro 917 309 0148, Data Analyst: Dustin Braden 646 679 3450, Senior Content Editor: Alessandra Gregory Barrett, 860 248 5238 Senior Designer: Sue Abt, 862 371 3534, Designer: Bryan Boyd, 908 910 7849, Publisher: Tony Stein, 770 295 8809, Sales: Cindy Cronin, Strategic Account Manager Southeast, Gulf, Canada sales, 954 551 8305 Zachary Gorman, Account Executive Northeast, Illinois sales 646 679 3466 Jean Gibbons, Senior Sales Executive West Coast, Midwest sales, 706 469 7160 Ria Van den Bogaert, Sales Representative Europe, Middle East sales, +32 2 569 8905 Alex Remstein, Associate Sales Specialist Reprints/Classifieds/Copyrights, 646 679 3418 For Magazine Subscription Customer Service: 450 West 33rd St., 5th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 973 776 8660 • 800 952 3839 Managing Director, Media and Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, Rhiannon James Senior Director, Content, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, Peter Tirschwell Director, Media & Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, Amy Middlebrook Manager, Production, Carmen Verenna Marketing Programs Manager, JOC, Jesse Case ©2018 The Journal of Commerce — All Rights Reserved For more information, visit our website, The Journal of Commerce Progress made in ILA-USMX contract negotiations

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