Port strike threats said minimal to steel mart

Jul 12, 2012 | 04:39 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  strike, labor negotiations, ILA, ports, steel, finished steel, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — A potential strike that would affect 14 ports on the East and Gulf Coasts might leave the steel industry unscathed as discussions involving break-bulk shipments remain positive, sources said.

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union is currently in labor and wage contract negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Alliance. If negotiations aren’t successful, unionized workers could walk off the job when contracts expire Sept. 30, leaving hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo unmoved on the docks. The union last held a major strike....

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