Cargo terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey were returning to normal service on Monday following Friday’s one-day stoppage by dockworkers.
Ships had been unable to deliver cargo at five of the six terminals covered by the Port Authority because of the strike, which had taken shipping companies and terminal operators off guard on Friday. Trucks were denied access to the terminals, too.
Reasons for the action, taken by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), remained murky although unconfirmed reports suggested worker discontent at actions of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbour, an agency with a brief to combat crime and corruption on the docks.
Around a thousand union workers had participated in the strike, which was declared illegal by an arbitrator. The ILA asked all members to return to work after the one-day action.
New York and New Jersey form the busiest port on the US east coast.