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Contact: Nate Herman, TGA's Director of Government Relations, at 877-842-1938, x-708 or nate@travel-goods.org

Ports: Labor negotiations on East, Gulf and West Coasts in jeopardy

Talks for a new Master Contract between the International Longshoreman Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), the associations representing port labor and employers on the East and Gulf Coasts, were recently reduced to a public back-and-forth between the two parties. There have been indications, however, that the ILA and USMX may formally meet again Dec. 10-12.

On the West Coast, negotiations between the Office Clerical Union Local 63 (OCU) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing office workers in the LA-Long Beach port complex, and the Harbor Employers Association (HEA), representing shipping lines and terminal operators, have broken down after an HEA contract proposal. No new talks have been scheduled.

Updates will be provided as the situation develops and on any action TGA takes on this important issue. TGA urges its members to utilize its letter template to express the need for a swift resolution to the increasingly uncertain situation on the East, Gulf and West Coasts, and urges members to utilize this opportunity to let their representative know how important this matter is for their business, consumers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.






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