We Must Support Wage Increases for Longshore Workers


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The commerce of this country depends in large part on the work performed by longshore workers, day in and day out. However, longshore/marine terminal work is one of the most dangerous occupations in this country. Each day, thousands of union and non-union workers put their lives on the line.

The very livelihood of longshore workers is under attack by large companies. Longshore workers are facing rising economic costs and stagnant wages. However, container carriers, employers and port operators are historically unwilling to negotiate for higher wages.

The largest longshore workers union on the East coast is the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association). It represents thousands of workers at ports along the East Coast, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.  East coast ports handle roughly 40% of all container cargo in the U.S.

Late last year, the ILA almost went on strike due to the issue of royalties on containers, a fee of nearly $5.00 per container paid to the ILA. The royalty is crucial for ILA members to receive at least some pay increases. Earlier this year, a tentative agreement was reached, although the details of contract negotiation have yet to be hammered out.

Longshore Workers & Accidents

Longshore workers often work long hours, sometimes in excess of 12 hours per day under dangerous conditions. Longshore workers often suffer injures in the following kinds of accidents:

  • strike/run over accidents involving forklifts, cranes, loaders and containers,
  • ro-ro accidents, and
  • slip, trip and fall accidents.

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