Ports prepare for possible strike Oct. 1

Sep 19, 2012 | 04:53 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  ports, ILA, Maritime Alliance, East Coast, Gulf Coast, strike, labor negotiations, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Ports on the East and Gulf coasts are bracing for a potential work stoppage—the first in 35 years—when the labor contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) expires at the end of this month.

The union has threatened to strike at 14 ports—including such metal-heavy ports as Mobile, Ala.; Houston; New Orleans; New York; and New Jersey—on Oct. 1 if negotiations with the U.S. Maritime Alliance fail to produce a new agreement, leaving hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo on the docks.....

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