Container Port Strike averted on US east coast

Posted by Chris Houghton

Freedom can report that the threatened strike at major ports along the whole US eastern seaboard has been averted.
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) resumed contract negotiations last week ahead of a contract extension expiring at 11:59 p.m., 6 Feb. The union and employers have held a series of federally mediated bargaining sessions since agreeing to an extension last month that averted a threatened Dec. 30 strike.

Work rules at the high-cost Port of New York and New Jersey have been a top issue in this year’s negotiations. Employers want changes to decades-old provisions that require excess staffing and pay for workers who aren’t on the job. The ILA had said the proposed changes go too far.
Freedom has been monitoring the situation closely to ensure we were ready to re-route cargo as needed.
Please contact your Freedom Account Manager if you have any questions or concerns, at all.