Port of New York and New Jersey reopens following Friday’s strike action

Port of New York and New Jersey reopens following Friday’s strike action

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.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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