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East Coast Labor Negotiations

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) demands wage increases for dockworkers, citing the "billions of dollars" in profits reported by ocean carriers. The ILA halted contract talks with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), accusing APM Terminals and Maersk of bypassing ILA labor with automated technology. Representing 85,000 workers, the ILA insists on resolving the automation issue before resuming negotiations, with President Harold J. Daggett emphasizing the union's demand for significant wage hikes. Maersk disputes the claims, adhering to the existing contract, which expires on September 30, and warns of a potential strike starting October 1 if a new contract is not reached.

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