The International Longshoremen's Association has set Tuesday, April 9, as the date it will hold a ratification vote on a new six-year master contract with employers.
The ILA and employers in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the port where about 3,250 of the 14,500 union workers covered by the master contract are employed, have settled local working conditions.
Joseph C. Curto, president of the New York Shipping Association, the group that represents New York-area employers, said Thursday the local agreement that has been worked out "will allow us to begin an evolutionary progression of meaningful change that will improve the process for working ships, hiring labor, and paying key staff persons."
He added "The agreement includes a provision for a relief gang system, which is a variation of shift work. Also included is a special window pension benefit that will induce up to 400 industry workers to retire in the next 12 months and a new recruiting, hiring and training plan to replace those workers."
NYSA has been seeking ways to reduce costs in New York to make the port, the largest containerport on the U.S. East Coast, more competitive. - Chris Dupin