Daggett Says Don’t to ILA Work Stoppages, Seeks Congressional Spotlight

The Journal of Commerce’s 17th Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference opening session tensed as Harold Daggett, the International Longshoreman’s Association president, strongly urged its members “not to engage in any work stoppage or any other violations of our current master contract.”  The active master contract contains a no-strike clause to prevent work stoppages that could significantly impact trade.

As reported in our February 21 Shap Flash, ILA members sought to draw attention to two key issues affecting its members: the activities of the Waterfront Commission in the ports of New York & New Jersey and the use of state employees instead of union workers for certain functions at state-owned Southern Atlantic ports.  Talks of a planned one-day, coast-wide work stoppage set the industry on edge last week, with flashbacks to the 2014-2015 International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) contract negotiations crippled U.S. trade for almost a year.

While Daggett sets sights on Washington, no meeting dates have been announced.  In the meantime, the ILA leader tried to reassure members from rash decisions, “We hear your anger, we hear your frustration, and we intend to address it.”

Shapiro will continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise of any changes.