Labor Walk-off at Port of New York/New Jersey Marine Terminals
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has asked that
trucks not be sent to terminals after dockworkers reportedly walked off the
job Friday morning.
DUPIN |FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016
The Port of New York and
New Jersey said Friday morning, “There is an apparent labor walk off at all
PONYNJ terminals” and that there were no truck operations at this time.
“All efforts to resume
activity will be undertaken,” it said.
It added in a notice
posted on its website that “Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no
new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways. Do not send trucks the
Port at this time.”
It was not immediately clear what had caused the dispute.
Jim McNamara, director of public relations for the International
Longshoremen's Association said he was trying to find out the reason for the
walkout, but told American Shipper in an email, "Word I’m hearing from
some ILA members I reached is that they are protesting against Waterfront
Commission’s interference in hiring and other parts of ILA-NYSA Collective
Beverly Fedorko of the New York Shipping Association, which
negotiates the local contract with the ILA said, "We are in the process
of trying to understand the reason for what appears to be a walkout and will
take every measure available to ensure work resumes."
The Port Authority also released a statement, in which it said,
“As the agency that oversees the largest port complex on the East Coast, we
strongly urge the ILA members to return to work immediately and resolve their
differences after they return. In the meantime, Port Authority Police are
actively working to ensure public safety for all of the stakeholders at the port.”
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