The strike started in Philadelphia on Monday and continues today. All terminals remain closed as of this morning. Terminal workers, members of the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association), have shut down the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Despite a court injunction obtained by the New York Shipping Association, local ILA New York and New Jersey members continue to strike. Philadelphia longshoremen started picketing in protest of Del Monte Produce’s decision to move work from the unionized cargo-handling plant in Camden, NJ to a non-union plant in Gloucester County, NJ which would cause the loss of hundreds of jobs and lost wages. Del Monte is one of the largest employers of ILA union members on the Delaware River. Gloucester terminals do not use ILA labor.
The ILA strike has caused work stoppages at terminals in Port Elizabeth, Newark, Bayonne and Staten Island preventing cargo from moving in and out of the terminals. Philadelphia ILA members have also picketed the Camden terminal stopping the unloading of a ship carrying Del Monte produce.
The flow of cargo entering and exiting the Port of New York and New Jersey has come to a halt. Until a settlement is reached with the ILA Union delays , deliveries and pickup of cargo should be anticipated.
Note that the strike affects ocean ports only. It does not affect airports.