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Unions gathering as port strike approaches

With just two weeks to go before the threat of a massive port strike on the US East Coast could become hard reality, last minute attempts at negotiating a solution are now taking place. In the meantime, the six major unions across the United States have now joined together in a new alliance to fight for their rights.

Six port worker unions across the United States have joined forces at a time when the risk of a massive strike is just two weeks away. The new alliance, the Maritime Labor Alliance, warns of solidarity and common ground in defense of their work conditions and rights.

Several international news outlets are reporting that shipowners and port operators, including Maersk, are starting new negotiations with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union today, Monday, in a final attempt to avoid a strike from the end of September involving all the major container ports on the East Coast, from Maine down to Texas.

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