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 January 29, 2016       

 

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.

 

BY CHRIS 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 Bargaining agreement."

 

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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