Latest News on the East/Gulf Coast Strike Update
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service conducted negotiations with the ILA and USMX yesterday and have now announced they will continue negotiations for a 90 day period from end of contract, that takes us to December 29th.
Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on Untied States Maritime Alliance and International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations
“WASHINGTON, D.C. – I am pleased to announce that at the close of today’s productive negotiation session, in which progress was made on several important subjects, the parties have agreen to extend the collective bargaining agreement due to expire on September 30, 2012 for a ninety (90) day period, i.e. through December 29, 2012. In taking this significant step, the parties emphasized that they are doing so “for the good of the country” to avod an interruption in interstate commerce.
This extension will provide the parties an opportunity to focus on the outstanding core issues in a deliberate manner apart from the pressure of an immediate deadline. The negotiations on the Master Agreement will be conducted during the same time frame as negotiations for local agreements. The negotiations will continue under auspices of FMCS. Due to the sensitive nature of these high profile negotiations, we will have no further comment on the schedule for the negotiations, their location, or the substance of what takes place during those negotiations.”
Mainfreight USA fortunately has an extensive Mainfreight network of offices, worldwide. Our Mainfreight Asia locations have been working extensively with our numerous Ocean Carriers and have been successful negotiating and reducing the September GRI to an average range as below:
West Coast per 40’ $300 - $400
West Coast IPI per 40’ $300 - $400
East Coast per 40’ $200 - $300
East Coast RIPI per 40’ $200 - $300
We are also optimistic regarding the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) who have scheduled mediation meetings to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19th working towards an agreeable resolution to the completion of the ILA and USMX contract. We will keep you updated pertaining to any significant news.
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