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ILA Contrac Runs to Sept. 1994
Management accepted higher pay and fringe-benefit costs and labor granted concessions on manning and work rules in a new International Longshoremen's Association master contract.
The 46-month contract was agreed upon in late October, a month before the November 30 expiration of the previous agreement. Negotiations were continuing on local issues in Atlantic and Gulf ports.
Straight-time wages for container work would increase by 22 percent from $18 to $22 an hour over the life of the new master contrac, which runs from December 1, 1990, through September 30, 1994.
In addition, management will boost its contribution to fringe benefits by 13 percent over the same period.
In return the ILA agreed to reduced gang sizes and a midnight starting time for all ports. The midnight starting time is viewed as a time- and money-saver for shipowners whose vessels may reach port …