Dockworkers oppose fully automated terminals in the US

There was optimism this week ahead of the negotiations for a crucial port agreement on the US East Coast. But the meetings ended abruptly when dockworker president Harold Daggett cut it short.

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Optimism was palpable when representatives for US longshoremen and their employers met on Tuesday this week to begin talks for a new collective agreement at the ports in the US East Coast and along the Gulf of Mexico, said sources speaking to Journal of Commerce.

But already by Wednesday, the President of union International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), Harold Daggett, disrupted the positivity when he stopped a meeting, accusing the employers in the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) for wanting fully automated terminals which would eliminate the need for dockworkers, reports Journal of Commerce Thursday.

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