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Crowley Maritime settles with ILA.

Crowley Maritime settles with ILA

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) effort to prevent shippers for shifting to ports where the union does not represent employees was bolstered by a 5-year accord with Crowley Maritime Corp., which had long refused to employ ILA members. Under the accord, Crowley will continue to call at ports that do not use ILA members to handle cargo, but it will also be free to extend its operations to East and Gulf coasts ports where stevedoring concerns employ ILA members.

Union President John M. Bowers said the 5-year agreement was a "message to anyone who wants to get out from under the ILA." He also said that shifts to non-ILA ports that had already occured had cost the union several thousand jobs in Gulf Coast ports.

The shifts that had occured apparently resulted form higher labor costs in ILA ports. Reportedly, ILA wage and benefit costs per employee amounted to $35 an hour in some ports, about 40 percent higher than in non-ILA ports. In the 1986 bargaining the industry, the ILA allowed some of its locals to reduce the cost disparity be negotiating cuts in labor costs.

the ILA-Crowley accord also called for terminating a 1984 lawsuit in which the union had charged that a Crowley subsidiary had violated a contract wit' the union when it shifted to using non-ILA labor.

The ILA was contnuing to bargain wit' various shipping associations on how to counter a ruling by the Federal Maritime Commission invalidating the longstanding rule that all packing and unpacking of cargo containers withing 50 miles of an ILA port be performed by the union's members.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1988
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