Strikes Possible at U.S. East Coast Ports
Beginning February 27
February 22, 2017
Dear Valued Customer,
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has called for a shutdown of U.S. East Coast ports beginning February 27, as well as a protest march in Washington DC. The organization is objecting to job losses and hiring practices that have affected dockworkers.
The United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), the employer group that negotiates the ILA's master contract, has responded that, "The master contract between the ILA and the USMX forbids any unilateral work stoppage by the ILA for any reason. If the ILA engages in any unilateral walkout, USMX will enforce the contractual rights of its members to the fullest. USMX urges the ILA to remain in compliance with the master contract and thus continue to provide the stable labor environment that has existed on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for decades."
It should be noted that in the event that the strike does occur, it's expected to last only one day.
We will continue to monitor developments and send out updates as they're available. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your sales account manager or EMO Trans' operations staff.
Robin B. Finke
Corporate Ocean Freight Manager
EMO Trans, Inc.