Leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has advised its members to cancel planned one-day industrial action at US East Coast and Gulf Coast ports.
The action had been called for to protest over job losses. It had envisaged shutdown of ports and a march to Washington.
Instead ILA President Harold Daggett hopes to lead a union delegation to meet with members of the US Congress to convey those jobs concerns.
Last week’s announcement of possible strike action had come as a surprise considering that the ILA has been in early talks with employers group the US Maritime Alliance (USMX) to negotiate a new master contract. The existing contract expires on September 30, 2018.