Longshoremen’s Union to Vote on Contract for Port of New York-New Jersey

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Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association will vote on whether to ratify a new six-year contract covering employees at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

ILA and the New York Shipping Association reached tentative agreement on the deal, the sides said July 10 in a joint statement. The shipping association’s membership also must approve the deal, the statement said. The union’s current contract with the shipping association expires Sept. 30.

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ILA has local contracts that cover employees at specific ports and a master contract that covers union members nationwide, union spokesman Jim McNamara told Bloomberg on July 11.

The Port of New York and New Jersey contract covers about 4,000 employees, he said.

A single-day ratification vote on the master contract will involve all 25,000 union members at ports from Maine to Texas, McNamara said. That vote will be taken after all local contacts are settled, he said.

A tentative agreement on the master contract was reached in June, ILA and the shipping association said.

“New York is the largest and in many respects the most complex port on the East and Gulf Coasts. We have reached a tentative agreement that is beneficial to both sides,” ILA President Harold J. Daggett and NYSA President John Nardi said in the joint statement.

NYSA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.