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Wildcat strike at the New York ports

Longshoremen are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the Waterfront Commission

Brian Young's picture
Jan 29, 2016

At one of the busiest ports in the country, trucks lined up outside the gate and ships sat in the harbor waiting to be offloaded.  That was the scene today as New York port workers walked off the job at 11 AM.  The work stoppage was not previously announced and seemed to catch many at the Port Authority of NY and NJ off guard. 

According to Jim McNamara of the International Longshoreman’s Association, “The I.L.A. and the New York Shipping Association --- have been fighting the Waterfront Commission, especially in the last five years, over the right to bring new workers on, the right to operate their ports the way they think they should be operated,” Mr. McNamara said in the radio interview on 1010 WINS. “They’ve had enough, they told me they’re taking this action to demonstrate their displeasure,” he said.  The Waterfront Commission oversees the hiring and firing of workers at the ports. 

The work action seems to have even caught some at the Longshoreman’s Association by surprise. According to WPIX, the union has said that this is not an official strike.  Whether it is a strike or a wildcat strike, its defition makes no difference because the damage has been done.  Only an hour after the strike, trucks backed up into neighborhoods and the Port Authority was advising truck companies to not send their drivers to the ports.

In total more than 4,000 Longshoremen walked off the job and effected every port in the NY/NJ area. As of Friday, it is unclear whether or not this is a one day job action or if it is the start of a longer action. 

Nice work to the idiots at the Waterfront Commission.

UCOMM ED: A wildcat strike action, often referred to as a wildcat strike, is a strike action undertaken by unionized workers without union leadership's authorization, support, or approval; this is sometimes termed an unofficial industrial action.

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