Labor dispute could lead to shutdown of Port of Boston (State House News)

December 19, 2012 – A labor dispute between longshoremen and the consortium of shipping companies and East Coast ports has fostered worries that if unresolved the dispute could lead to a shutdown of the Boston port and others by year’s end. According to the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the ports and shipping companies, the International Longshoremen’s Association voted to strike when the current contract expires on Dec. 29. Through press releases both the ILA and the maritime alliance have claimed that the other side rejected a short-term contract extension at a meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday.

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