New East and Gulf Coast Port Contract Agreement

The world’s largest retail trade association issued a statement on the tentative contract agreement between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).

“The retail industry, which supports one in every four U.S. jobs, is pleased to hear that the ILA and USMX have reached a tentative, long-term master contract,” says Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation. “We urge the parties to quickly complete any outstanding negotiations, including local negotiations at each of the individual 14 ports, and quickly ratify the new labor agreement.”

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