USMX Urges ILA To Remain In Compliance With Master Contract

LYNDHURST, NJ (February 22, 2017) --- Reports in industry media that the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA) has issued a press release threatening to engage in a coastwide work stoppage are “disturbing,” the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) said.

The Master Contract between the ILA and the USMX forbids any unilateral work stoppage by the ILA for any reason. If the ILA engages in any unilateral walkout, USMX will enforce the contractual rights of its members to the fullest. USMX urges the ILA to remain in compliance with the Master Contract and thus continue to provide the stable labor environment that has existed on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for decades.


Updates and releases and such as this can be found at the following link to the USMX website:

Inquiries may be directed to Beth Monica at USMX (

The United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX), in Master Contract bargaining with the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO (ILA), represents employers of the maritime industry (in the ports from Maine to Texas) who are responsible for the transportation and handling of cargo shipped to and from the United States.

Since 1977, USMX and its predecessor organizations have successfully negotiated on our members' behalf contracts with the ILA without any disruption to service. In April of 2013, after more than a year of bargaining and two temporary extensions, USMX and the ILA ratified a new 6-year Master Contract, which covers approximately 14,500 port workers on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts. The current Master Contract will be expiring on September 30, 2018.