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NY-NJ dock workers authorize strike as talks sour

Port of New York and New Jersey

A spokesman for ILA Local 1804-1 of confirmed the strike authorization vote was entered late Tuesday. The local represents about 1,200 of the Port of New York and Jersey's 3,500 longshoremen and consists of maintenance and repair workers, spokesman James McNamara said.

From the Associated Press:

A union representing dock workers at the East Coast’s busiest port has authorized a strike if a contract deal isn’t reached by the end of next month, lending urgency to preparations by retailers to send cargo elsewhere if labor talks affecting the entire seaboard remain at a standstill.

Some retailers had already put contingency plans into action and were rerouting ships to the West Coast or seeking other alternatives, while others were on the verge of acting, according to a representative of the National Retail Federation.

“Some already have decided to move cargo to the West Coast or to bring it earlier to the East Coast,” Gold said. “From what most folks have told me, they’re going to decide in the next week whether they’re going to pull the trigger.”

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