Wednesday, October 24, 2012
ILA-USMX update: Parties continue to meet on "outstanding issues"
The labor contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen's Union and the group representing shipping industry management at East and Gulf Coast ports – the United Maritime Alliance – “continue to meet in an effort to resolve additional outstanding issues,” according to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
"I am pleased to report that the parties met today under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and discussed a number of major issues, said FMCS Director George H. Cohen in a statement.
“As a result of today's discussions, the parties will have their respective committees review their positions and analyze associated costs,” Cohen said.
A collective sigh of relief was heard from the shipping industry in mid-September over the news the ILA and USMX had agreed to extend the deadline of their collective bargaining agreement from September 30 to December 29 in an effort to do so "for the good of the country" in order to avoid any work disruption, after the FMCA announced it would be presiding over the jump-started negotiations.
News of the labor-management contract extension to year's end came during the critical peak shipping season and reportedly allayed industry fears over what had been the potential for disrupted, and costly re-routed, supply chains.
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