NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor relations at Atlantic and Gulf ports, a vital topic for shippers and carriers in advance of the expiration of a coastwide longshoremen's contract this fall, will be discussed in a session during the 2012 TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., on March 5-6, organized by The Journal of Commerce.
Harold Daggett, the newly elected president of the International Longshoremen's Association, and James Capo, chairman and CEO of United States Maritime Alliance, will appear together to outline their views on issues affecting port labor relations on the East and Gulf Coasts. Daggett and Capo will be chief negotiators in bargaining for a new ILA-USMX contract to replace the one that expires Sept. 30.
The ILA and USMX are expected to open negotiations this spring, making the labor discussion at this year's TPM conference especially timely. It will be the first time Daggett, who took office last July, and Capo have met at the same public forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding this year's negotiations.
East and Gulf Coast ports became an attractive alternative for shipments from Asia following port labor disruptions on the West Coast nearly a decade ago, and they handle more than 45 percent of total U.S. container volumes, according to PIERS data. With the Panama Canal scheduled to open to larger ships after 2014 and eastern railroads investing heavily in intermodal facilities that connect East Coast ports to the interior, this year's contract negotiations take on added importance.
The negotiations will take place against a backdrop of renewed losses by container ship lines -- a reversal of last year's rebound from more than $15 billion in losses during the 2009 recession.
The presentations by Harold Daggett and James Capo will provide insights and information that will help shippers, carriers and others better understand the issues at stake in this year's ILA-USMX contract talks.
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SOURCE The Journal of Commerce