Ports on the U.S. East Coast getting closer to major strike

Increasing fears of a strike at 14 ports, from Maine to Texas, after powerful labor union ILA has left the negotiations. Employers want a showdown with outdated work processes that have turned New York into the world’s most expensive port, says the employers.

The ports on the East Coast of the United States and ports facing the Gulf of Mexico have moved closer to a strike in September, as key wage negotiations collapsed Wednesday, reports several news media on Thursday.

The negotiations between the powerful labor union International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), which represents 15,000 port workers, and the employers in the US Maritime Alliance, collapsed before they ever really began. Three days had been scheduled for meetings, but the negotiating parties went their separate ways without having planned further meetings.

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