Delay in Possible Longshoremen Strike, Amid Progress in Talks
Description: The longshoremen along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast have averted delays in loading and unloading shipments of merchandise for 30 days. The longshoremen were scheduled to walk off their jobs on Sunday because of a contract dispute involving their union and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, a group that represents terminal operators, port associations and shipping lines. Fifteen ports, including the Port New Orleans are involved in the labor dispute.T he Port of Baton Rouge could be impacted, but it handles fewer containerized shipments. The impacted ports are responsible for 40-percent of the goods that are shipped across the country and the world; from auto parts, to sneakers and television sets.
If a strike does ensue, it could impact everyone from retailers to auto makers and truck drivers. The rules the longshoremen have to follow while doing their job have reportedly been the sticking point.
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