No deal yet as 14-port strike deadline looms

Dec 27, 2012 | 02:20 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  International Longshoremen's Association, U.S. Maritime Alliance, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, George Cohen, ports, strike, containers, labor Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) are continuing labor contract negotiations with just days to avert a strike that would affect containerized cargo along the East and Gulf coasts.

George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FCMS), has called for a meeting "in advance of the Dec. 29 expiration of the contract extension," according to the FCMS website, but even though both parties have agreed to participate, the meeting has yet to take place, a union spokesman told AMM Thursday.....

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