For over 100 years, the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) has represented workers in the port of New London, Connecticut. When the company Ørsted, an offshore energy company, moved to do business in the United States, that all changed. Ørsted US made many commitments to workers, including retraining to load and unload Ørsted products, but has not lived up to them.
We wrote to Mads Nipper, Ørsted Group President and CEO, in September to ask him to intervene and help resolve the dispute.
Despite continued promises for constructive dialogue, Ørsted US continues to stall negotiations with the ILA and Gateway, their employer, and recently indefinitely postponed meetings with trade union leaders to discuss the issues.
The jurisdiction of dockworkers in New London, loading and unloading of Ørsted products, must be respected. This work is done by dockers around the world, including in the ports of Cuxhaven, Esbjerg and Aalborg, where the equipment being run out of New London are being exported to.
Join us and write directly to Ørsted's US leadership and call on them to meet with the key stakeholders, including Gateway and the Connecticut Port Authority, to resolve this dispute so that we can continue to work collaboratively, in the US and globally, on building, lobbying and campaigning for a sustainable offshore wind industry.