US dockworkers prepare for strike as contract negotiations stall

21 December 2012 23:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Negotiations to avert a dockworkers’ strike that could affect container shipments from the US east and Gulf coasts have stalled, causing concern among PVC importers in Latin America, sources said on Friday.

The bargaining period had been extended through 29 December 2012 from the previous 30 September deadline, according to the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS).

By 21 December, the negotiating parties had not agreed to an additional extension to 1 February.

A statement from the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) said, “Master Contract negotiations are not progressing well and it is expected that there will be a coastwise strike."

That strike would begin on 30 December.

The FMCS is a government agency that is mediating the negotiations between the dockworkers' union, the ILA and the US Maritime Alliance (USMX), which represents port associations and container carriers serving the east and Gulf coasts.

By: Ron Coifman
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