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December 31, 2012
ILA Strike Threat Greatly Reduced
In an update from our previous communication regarding the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association) potential strike scheduled for December 29, 2012, we are happy to report that according to the FMCS, the container royalty payment issue (from which the strike was pending) has been agreed upon in principle by the involved parties; subject to achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement. The involved parties have further agreed to an additional extension of 30 days (i.e., until midnight, January 28, 2013) during which time they intend to negotiate all remaining outstanding Master Agreement issues.

Given that negotiations will be continuing and consistent with the Agency’s commitment of confidentiality to the parties, The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation, shall not disclose the substance of the container royalty payment agreement. While some significant issues remain in contention, there is cautious optimism that they can be resolved in the upcoming 30-day extension

Sempermed is pleased to learn of the initial outcome, which has avoided a work stoppage that would have disrupted the national economy and had a serious impact on us all. We look forward to continuing to support you and your customers by providing hand protection where you need it, when you need it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Sempermed representative or call 800-366-9545