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New York/New Jersey Port Strike Not Sanctioned by Union

On Friday, Jan. 29, a brief but disruptive work stoppage at the Port of New York and New Jersey caused a significant cargo backlog at some container terminals. Although striking dockworkers returned to work that evening, long lines of trucks formed at the port and delays continued into the following weekend.

On a positive note, the strike appears to be an isolated incident that did not attract widespread union support. International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) President Harold Daggett told media outlets that the ILA, which represents dockworkers at all East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, did not sanction the walkout and received no advance notice of it.