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September 28, 2018

U.S. East and Gulf coast ports employers and union officially sign six-year contract

The two leaders of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd., officially signed the six-year ILA-USMX Master Contract extension this week.

On Tuesday, September 25th, ILA President Harold J. Daggett and David F. Adam, USMX Chairman and CEO affixed their signatures to the agreement that features landmark protections for ILA members against automation job losses, maintaining a premier National Health Care Plan (MILA) and generous salary increases throughout the life of the contract.

Employers said the contract was fair and equitable and beneficial to both sides to allow companies to expand, grow and flourish.

"I have been a part of this industry for more than 50 years and I have never seen a better agreement for ILA members than this six-year contract," said ILA President Daggett.

ILA members overwhelmingly ratified this agreement on September 6th and USMX did the same on September 11th.

This new agreement now brings labor peace to Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports until September 30, 2024.