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OMW !!! – automation discovered at some American ports – ILA labour talks halted


  • ILA announces suspension of labour talks with USMX
  • Talks stalled over the discovery of automation at APM Terminals
  • ILA accuses APM and Maersk of leading the charge to eliminate jobs

The shipping and freight industry and consequently the supply chains in USA don’t seem to catch a break as different impediments affect the industry.

In the latest development, on the 10th of June 2024, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) announced the suspension of talks with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2024. These local agreements for the US East and Gulf Coast ports are set to expire on September 30, 2024.

The talks have reportedly been stalled over the discovery that APM Terminals and Maersk Line are utilizing an Auto Gate system, which autonomously processes trucks without ILA labor and is seen as forcing automation in the USA ports.

There’s no point trying to negotiate a new agreement with USMX when one of its major companies continues to violate our current agreement with the sole aim of eliminating ILA jobs through automation,” said International President Harold J. Daggett, who serves as chief negotiator for the union.

A statement by the ILA says “ILA is monitoring and keenly aware of APM Terminals and Maersk Line’s repeated attempts to circumvent the ILA-USMX Master Contract. and cut ILA jobs through the introduction of automation and semi-automation equipment.

The statement by ILA accuses APM and Maersk of leading the charge to eliminate jobs in the USA citing that most of the problems the ILA is facing on the East and Gulf Coast stems from APM Terminals and Maersk Line.

Maersk Line, the second largest ocean carrier in the world, has a track record of pushing automation. They started semi-automation in the Port of Hampton Roads, and have full automation at Pier 400 in Los Angeles, California. We are not taking this lightly” the ILA cautioned.

Maersk has reportedly told the Journal of Commerce that it is disappointed that details of ongoing negotiations were made public and hopes to get the union back to the negotiating table as quickly as possible.

The ILA Chief had previously questioned the motives of Maersk, “a foreign company” to come on to American soil and build fully automated terminals accusing them in 2023 of trying to shove fully automated terminals down American throats to eliminate good-paying American jobs, ILA jobs.

The ILA has called on President Biden’s administration to recognize the threat posed by foreign-owned companies attempting to undermine American jobs. “We won’t stand for it, and neither should they,” the spokesperson concluded.


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1 COMMENT

  1. as sick as it can get, The USA is on the bottom of the list along with 3rd world countries for Hi tech streamlined ports, and we are all wondering why the congestion why the skyrocketing pricing for demurrage and d detention, of course to keep these lazy cracks on their hi paying no show jobs

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