According to multiple industry sources, members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) staged a walk-off at the Port of New York and New Jersey at approximately 10:20AM EDT on Friday, January 29. Until further notice, all truck operations at the port have been suspended, and no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways.
“We are in the process of trying to understand the reason for what appears to be a walkout,” commented Beverly Fedorko of the New York Shipping Association, “and will take every measure available to ensure work resumes.”
As reported by American Shipper, Jim McNamara, Director of Public Relations for the ILA, issued the following statement via email: “Word I’m hearing from some ILA members I reached is that they are protesting against Waterfront Commission’s interference in hiring and other parts of ILA-NYSA Collective Bargaining agreement.”
“As the agency that oversees the largest port complex on the East Coast,” the NYNJ Port Authority stated, “we strongly urge the ILA members to return to work immediately and resolve their differences after they return. In the meantime, Port Authority Police are actively working to ensure public safety for all of the stakeholders at the port.”
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. If you have questions or concerns related to specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.