Update on United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen's Association Labor Negotiations

Fri Feb 1, 2013 11:29pm EST

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WASHINGTON,  Feb. 1, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service Director  George H. Cohen  issued the following statement
today on the labor negotiations between the United States Maritime Alliance and
the International Longshoremen's Association:

"I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative
agreement for a comprehensive successor Master Agreement.  The tentative
agreement is subject to the ratification procedures of both parties and, as
well, to agreements being achieved in a number of local union negotiations. 
Those local negotiations are ongoing and will continue without interruption to
any port operation.  Out of respect for the parties' ratification processes, and
consistent with the Agency's long-standing confidentiality policy, we will not
disclose any details concerning the substantive provisions that have been

"However, as the negotiations have been conducted under the auspices of the
FMCS, commencing last September and continuing to date, I can report that the
tentative agreement reflects the culmination of good faith negotiations in which
the parties successfully accommodated strongly held competing positions because
of their commitment to problem solving.  Again, collective bargaining has proven
its worth by avoiding a potential work stoppage that would have had a severe
negative impact on the nation's economy."  

"On behalf of the FMCS, I want to especially convey my thanks to ILA President 
Harold Daggett  and USMX Chairman and CEO  James Capo  for their leadership,
patience, and persistence and to their respective hard-working negotiating
committees.  Finally, my colleagues Deputy Director  Scot Beckenbaugh, Director
of Mediation Services  Jack Sweeney, and Commissioner  Pete Donatello  provided
valuable assistance both to me and the parties throughout this lengthy process."

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an
independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote
labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in  Washington, DC, with
10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides mediation and
conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

Web site:  www.fmcs.gov   

SOURCE  Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

John Arnold, Director of Public Affairs, +1-202-606-8100

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