Longshoremen in the New York and New Jersey ports, as well as South Philadelphia Packer Avenue Marine Terminal went on strike yesterday after the fruit company Del Monte made the decision to move its terminal from Camden to Gloucester, breaking a 20 year agreement, an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer notes.
According to the site, twelve ships are at a standstill as Port Elizabeth, Newark, Bayonne, and Staten Island terminals were overcome with picketers. The effects of this strike will cost “each carrier about $50,000 a day” (http://www.philly.com/inquirer/business/20100929_Longshoremen_s_strike_shuts_down_several_ports.html).
Workers in New York are striking in support of the New Jersey union workers, who will now lose their jobs to non-union, cheaper workers, as they worry about the future of their own jobs as well, NY 1 notes (http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/top_stories/126267/strike-continues-at-n-y—n-j–ports).
Although New York workers were ordered to return to work, they ignored the court ruling and continued the strike, The Philadelphia Inquirer stated, which leads to problems with the trucking industry as well, who cannot pick up their freight.
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