“Longshoremen in New York and New Jersey, who handle shipments at the largest port on the U.S. East Coast, have reached a tentative six-year labor agreement with the New York Shippers Association, both sides said on Thursday.
The negotiations ended with a deal just before a Friday deadline. A spokesman for the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) confirmed there was a deal with port terminal operators and shippers, but declined to provide details.
Witnesses told Reuters that the mediation appeared tense, with screaming and, at one point, talk of a potential walk-out.
America’s ports have been the scene of a series of increasingly heated struggles between port workers and their employers on the East, West and Gulf coasts in recent months centering on pay, workplace efficiency and automation.