Freedom can report that the threatened strike at major ports along the whole US eastern seaboard has been averted.
The International Longshoremenâ€™s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) resumed contract negotiations last week ahead of a contract extension expiring at 11:59 p.m., 6 Feb. The union and employers have held a series of federally mediated bargaining sessions since agreeing to an extension last month that averted a threatened Dec. 30 strike.
Work rules at the high-cost Port of New York and New Jersey have been a top issue in this yearâ€™s negotiations. Employers want changes to decades-old provisions that require excess staffing and pay for workers who arenâ€™t on the job. The ILA had said the proposed changes go too far.
Freedom has been monitoring the situation closely to ensure we were ready to re-route cargo as needed.
Please contact your Freedom Account Manager if you have any questions or concerns, at all.