Progress made in longshoremen’s labor talks

Posted July 20, 2012, at 5:37 a.m.

“Significant progress” has been made in contract talks affecting the handling of containerized cargo at ports from Maine to Texas, both sides in the talks announced Thursday.

Representatives of the International Longshoremen’s Association, representing dockworkers, and the United States Maritime Alliance, representing port managers, began the latest round of talks Wednesday in Florida.

They said in a joint statement that “agreement in principle” had been reached on an array of issues.

The current contract, which expires Sept. 30, covers about 15,000 longshoremen working in East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, including roughly 1,800 in Hampton Roads.

(c)2012 The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

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