Mississippi River pilots await decision on raises
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's chemical industry and two groups of Mississippi River ship pilots will wait to find out what happens to raises that would lift the pilots' pay more than $50,000 by 2019 to $473,692.
Following a two-hour period, District Court Judge Janice Clark said she plans a thorough review of the filings and did not set a date for her decision.
In September, the Louisiana Chemical Association asked Clark to block the raises for the Crescent River Port Pilots Association and the Associated Branch Pilots of New Orleans.
The Crescent pilots navigate ships between New Orleans and Pilottown; the Branch Pilots from Pilottown to the mouth of the river.
LCA attorney Randy Young said the fee commission violated state law and its own rules by denying the chemical association a hearing to argue its case.