The Philadelphia Marine Trade Association was incorporated in 1947 – providing over 75 years of service to the Delaware River port community. In it’s early years, the mission was to promote the interest of the Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Southern Pennsylvania ports. Decades later, the Ports of the Delaware River Marine Trade Association (PMTA) represents all the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) employers operating at Delaware River Facilities.
- Assisting the membership in solving maritime problems, particularly those involving the hiring of waterfront labor
- Maintaining harmony between management and labor
- Fostering just and equitable principles and practice between labor and management in the maritime industry
- Assisting in labor disputes and in the negotiation of collective bargaining contracts by management, as well as the interpretation and administration of labor contracts
- Promoting safety in the working of cargoes at the ports and to generally work for the betterment, expansion, and prosperity of the port with the emphasis on labor relations
- Contributing to not-for-profit organizations that would further the interest of the membership, and of the Ports of Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania