PPI Pulp & Paper Week

Port workers union gives leader authorization to call a strike -- if needed -- for US East, Gulf coast ports

By Greg Rudder Wed, Dec 12, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2012 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Before contract talks started Monday for negotiators representing East and Gulf coast port workers, and employers, the employees' union leaders of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) provided ILA pres Harold Daggett with the authority to call a strike if needed.

The vote occurred before contract talks opened on Monday in Delray Beach, FL. The deadline for an agreement is Dec. 29. The contract covers 15 East and Gulf Coast ports.

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