30-Day Labor Contract Extension helps Avoid Strike at 14 US Ports

According to a recent article, a strike has been avoided for 14 US ports as the International Longshoremen’s Association ILA and US Maritime Alliance signed a 30-day contract extension, allowing operations to continue.

The article mentioned that container royalties are the main issue between the ILA and US Maritime Alliance, as management wants to cap container royalties, which are payments made to longshoremen based on the weight of containerized cargo.

Curtis Foltz, Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority told reporters “We hope this is going to lead to a successful contract, not another “kicking the can down the road.”

A previous post described the steps US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was taking in preparation for  the pending strike of the ILA, which represents 14,500 workers at 15 ports from Maine to Texas. The strike was scheduled to take place December 30, 2012 and would have made a huge impact on the East Coast and Gulf, considering the amount of goods that travel through those ports daily.

To access the full article, click here. Stay tuned here at Global Trade News for additional updates regarding on the pending strike.

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