ILA Calls for Ratification Vote

ILA President Harold Daggett today notified ILA locals covered by the Master Contract that a ratification vote on the proposed Six-Year Contract that was overwhelmingly approved by ILA Wage Scale Committee in early June will take place next Thursday, September 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

“As your International President, I am pleased to inform you that on June 7, 2018, the ILA Wage Scale Committee overwhelmingly approved an extension to the Master Contract that will be effective October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2024,” wrote President Daggett.

“The International now seeks your ratification of this agreement,” President Daggett added.

The International has instructed all Locals involved in the ratification vote to make available to its members the terms of the agreement covered in President Daggett’s letter, and sent ILA Locals ballots and tally sheets, as well as the rules of procedure for the contract ratification vote. Locals are to make available to members in good standing for inspection, the membership list before the vote and observe the voting and tallying process.

ILA President Harold Daggett and the ILA Wage Scale Committee strongly encourages a “yes” vote on the six-year extension.

“The ILA has negotiated an extension that not only protects the benefits you already have but also enhances these benefits to ensure that you are compensated appropriately for all your hard work,” said President Daggett in his letter to ILA members. “I am particularly pleased with the jurisdictional protections that the ILA has negotiated that will ensure that your jobs will be preserved in the years ahead. I believe that this proposed extension represents a giant step forward in the collective bargaining history of the ILA.

“Even though I am extremely pleased with the proposed extension that the ILA negotiated, there is one final obstacle that must be overcome before the ILA can say that its members will be protected for the next six years, the ratification vote. I hope to have the ratification vote among ILA members in good standing in all ILA ports covered by the Master Contract on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The ILA Wage Scale Committee endorses the proposed extension to Master Contract and, on its behalf, I ask that each of you also approve the agreement by voting yes to its ratification,” wrote ILA President Daggett.