WASHINGTON — The International Longshoremen’s Association and U.S. Maritime Alliance, or USMX, in contract negotiations covering workers at ports from Maine to Texas, painted different pictures Tuesday of talks that are clearly at an impasse.
The ILA said the USMX rejected a proposal to extend talks another month until Feb. 1, while the USMX said the ILA rejected a federal mediator’s proposal to extend a short contract extension.
Under a previous extension, the two sides have until Dec. 29 to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining pact, which is being supervised by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. The ILA said it requested an extension to work out key sticking points, but it demanded that the USMX take the issue of container royalties off of the table.
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