TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Dockworkers strike averted for now

What ports?

The following terminals are covered by the contract:

Those serving the New York City area; Savannah, Ga., Houston; and Hampton Roads, Va.; Boston; the Philadelphia area; Baltimore; Wilmington, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Miami; Tampa, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; and New Orleans.

Longshoremen on the West Coast have a separate contract.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 7:18 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — Dockworkers on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico agreed Friday to extend their contract for more than a month, averting a weekend strike that could have crippled major ports from Boston to Houston and bottled up billions of dollars' worth of cargo.

Talks aimed at reaching a new contract covering the 14,500 longshoremen will continue during the extension, which runs through Feb. 6.

The dockworkers' union and an alliance of port operators and shipping lines agreed to the extension after resolving one of the stickier points in their negotiations, involving royalty payments to longshoremen for each container they unload. Details were not disclosed.

Federal mediator George Cohen said the agreement on royalties was “a major positive step forward.”

“While some significant issues remain in contention, I am cautiously optimistic that they can be resolved,” he said.

The contract between the International Longshoremen's Association and the Maritime Alliance originally expired in September. The two sides agreed to extend it once before, for 90 days, but it had been set to expire again at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

As recently as Dec. 19, the president of the longshoremen's union, Harold Daggett, had said a strike was expected.

A walkout would have crippled the loading and unloading of a vast number of products and made it more difficult for U.S. manufacturers to get parts and raw materials at a time when the economy is in shaky condition. The ports involved handle about 40 percent of all U.S. container cargo.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola
  2. Forensics support Ferguson police officer in shooting of unarmed black teen
  3. U.S. doctor’s book recounts rescue in Afghanistan in which Norwin graduate died
  4. West Virginia University warns students over riots
  5. Scientists unravel genetics of height
  6. GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away
  7. Crowd at Met protests ‘Death of Klinghoffer,’ calling opera anti-Semitic
  8. EPA hopes grants will reduce Lake Erie algae
  9. Premier Cubism collection shared in N.Y.
  10. Earth heads for record 2014
  11. High court will take case on gun ownership
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.