Port of Charleston operations return to normal after union slowdown

Port of Charleston operations return to normal after union slowdown

The Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch Terminal in South Carolina was back to normal functioning on the weekend after a slowdown caused by unionized workers.

Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) staged the action for a few hours on Friday to express concerns about the introduction of automated gate system (AGS) technology.

The slowdown involved workers at the port’s largest container terminal refusing to use the AGS, forcing trucks to be inspected manually.

The ILA is concerned that AGS will cost jobs on the docks although the South Carolina Ports Authority says no union jobs will be lost as workers will be needed to use the new technology.

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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