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Like the ILA, ILWU in its own fight over automation and technology
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 8, 2012) — With USMX-ILA Master Contract negotiations well underway, ILWU International President Robert McEllrath issued a statement today reiterating the ILWU’s full support of union dockworkers on the East Coast.
Recent media reports have speculated that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s support of the International Longshore Association in this round of contract negotiations is somehow limited. “No one should listen to the recent hum of industry executives suggesting they know what dockworkers on the West Coast will or won’t do in support of our East Coast brothers and sisters. The fact is that we have their back in the fight to protect work and jurisdiction; their fight is our fight,” stated ILWU President McEllrath.
One of the ILA’s top issues in negotiations is the introduction of new automated cargo handling equipment and its impact on manning and jurisdiction. At the Journal of Commerce’ Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference on March 6, ILA International President Harold Daggett stated, “We know technology is coming and we know we can’t stop it...

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