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  •  Here's the notice my company just received (4+ / 0-)
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    leonard145b, JayRaye, Just Bob, AoT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. 20427
    Friday, December 28, 2012                                                                        Contact: John Arnold

    For Immediate Release                                                                              Director of Public Affairs

    Web site:                                                                            Phone: (202) 606-8100

    Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance

    And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I am extremely pleased to announce that the parties have reached
    the agreements set forth below as a result of a mediation session conducted by myself and my
    colleague Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services, on Thursday, December
    27, 2012:

    “The container royalty payment issue has been agreed upon in principle by the parties, subject to
    achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement. The parties have further agreed to an
    additional extension of 30 days (i.e., until midnight, January 28, 2013) during which time the
    parties shall negotiate all remaining outstanding Master Agreement issues, including those
    relating to New York and New Jersey. The negotiation schedule shall be set by the FMCS after
    consultation with the parties.”

    “Given that negotiations will be continuing and consistent with the Agency’s commitment of
    confidentiality to the parties, FMCS shall not disclose the substance of the container royalty
    payment agreement. What I can report is that the agreement on this important subject represents
    a major positive step toward achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement. While some
    significant issues remain in contention, I am cautiously optimistic that they can be resolved in the
    upcoming 30-day extension period.”

    “On behalf of our Agency, I want to thank the parties, especially ILA President Harold Daggett
    and USMX Chairman & CEO James Capo, for their ongoing adherence to the collective
    bargaining process, which has enabled them to avoid the imminent deadline for a work stoppage
    that could have economically disruptive nationwide implications.”

     The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government
    agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation.
    Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides
    mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

    I had posted this notice in your last diary on the subject just at the same time you posted this.

    But, there's no disclosure of the settlement details of the container royalty issue (though likely IMHO, movement on both sides).

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