Earlier this morning, January 29, 2016 the Port Authority of NY and NJ released an alert stating, “There is an apparent labor walk off at all PONYNJ terminals. No truck operations at this time. All efforts to resume activity will be undertaken.” Followed by another statement a few minutes later, “Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways. Do not send trucks the Port at this time.”
It is being reported that more than 1,000 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association have walked off the job this morning causing traffic to build up through Port Newark and Port Elizabeth.
As for the reason to why the walk-off happened, Jim McNamara, director of public relations for the International Longshoremen’s Association, told American Shipper in an 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.”
The Port authority of NY and NJ more recently released a statement urging ILA workers to go back to work, “As the agency that oversees the largest port complex on the East Coast, we strongly urge the ILA members to return to work immediately and resolve their differences after their return”
Odyssey will continue to address customer inquiries and monitor the developing situation. We will provide further details as they are available.