ILA, Evergreen continue talks after deadline
As part of a strike settlement reached June 10 by the International Longshoremen’s Association and Evergreen America Corp., both sides agreed to negotiate for 14 business days.
An ILA source told Shippers’ News Wire that collective bargaining talks have continued although the deadline has passed, and that further talks will resume after the Fourth of July weekend.
According to the settlement, any remaining issues on which Evergreen and the ILA cannot agree will ultimately be submitted to a panel of arbitrators, one picked by Evergreen, one picked by the ILA, with the third “swing” arbitrator to be picked by the other two arbitrators.
“Negotiations are going smoothly,” an Evergreen spokesperson said.