Port strike averted as sides agree to extension

Dec 28, 2012 | 01:17 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  ILA, ports, containers, strike, George Cohen, FMCS, U.S. Maritime Alliance, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — An imminent strike by about 15,000 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at 14 major East and Gulf coast ports has been temporarily averted after the union and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) agreed to extend talks following a meeting brokered by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

A statement released by the FMCS Friday morning originally said talks would be extended through Jan. 28, but the ILA and the USMX told AMM late Friday that the deadline had been pushed back to Feb. 6 to account for the year-end holiday season. ....

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