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Program opens jobs to longshore workers.

Program opens jobs to longshore workers

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and major freight handling firms on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have adopted a program intended to open jobs to longshore workers who had been laid off because of the Federal Maritime Administration's invalidation of the industry's container rule. (See Monthly Labor Review, April 1989, pp. 42-43.) The rule had reserved to ILA members the right to pack and unpack containerized cargo within 50 miles of a port where the union holds bargaining rights. The legal challenge was initiated by some shippers who contended that it hurt their ability to compete with shippers using lower cost labor.

The new program is financed by a 30-cent-a-ton levy on container cargo moving through ports on the coasts. The $5 million expected to be accumulated by the September 30, 1989, termination date of the plan (and the current overall labor agreement between the ILA and the industry) will be used to pay part of the wages of unemployed workers who find stevedoring jobs.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:column
Date:Jun 1, 1989
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