Port Strike Averted After Partial Deal With Labor Union (NY Times)

December 28, 2012 – A top federal mediator announced on Friday that shipping companies and the East Coast longshoremen’s union had reached a deal on their main point of dispute and that the union agreed to drop its threat of a coastwide strike this Sunday. The mediator said the two sides agreed to extend the existing contract by 30 days – to Jan. 28 – to try to reach agreement on other remaining issues, including what the companies say are antiquated work rules. The partial agreement means that the union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, will not carry through on its threat to have 14,500 dockworkers go on strike this Sunday at 14 ports stretching from Boston to Houston.

Link to Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/business/shutdown-averted-for-ports-on-east-and-gulf-coasts.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

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