The vote by USMX’s 43 members to ratify the contract ended 13 months of negotiations with the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents 14,500 workers at the East and Gulf Coast ports. ILA members voted last week to ratify the Master Contract as well as a number of separate local agreements. Read More »
USMX is committed to reaching agreement on a new contract with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) without any disruption in operations at the 14 East and Gulf Coast ports from Boston to Houston. Learn More
The longshore industry plays a vital role in the flow of international trade and commerce and provides 14,500 jobs for ILA members and accounts for more than half a million additional jobs directly related to the shipping industry.
Longshore workers on the East and Gulf Coasts are among the best paid union workers in U.S., with ILA members receiving an average of $124,138 a year in wages and benefits.
Container royalties to the ILA and their workers totaled $211 million in 2011, though the original reason for the royalties – to protect ILA members from loss of work – has long been forgotten.
Fast Facts About USMX
USMX members include 24 container carriers, every major marine terminal operator and port associations on the East and Gulf Coasts.