NY, NJ ports back in business after Port Authority longshoremen walkout ends

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NEW YORK– Full operations at the ports of New York and New Jersey have been restored after workers earlier walked off the job Friday, according to the Port Authority.

“There is an apparent labor walk off at all PONYNJ terminals.  No truck operations at this time,” Port Authority posted on its website.  “All efforts to resume activity will be undertaken.”

Port Authority warned of “heavy volume on all port roads,” and urged truck drivers to avoid the ports.

The walkout is apparently related to an ongoing dispute between Port Authority and the longshoreman union, ILA.  The union says the strike isn’t official, and workers at Port Elizabeth who walked off refused to talk about the protest.  Several hundred longshoreman are striking at Port Elizabeth, where no trucks are being allowed to make deliveries or pick-ups.

The Port Authority issued the following statement:

“As the agency that oversees the largest port complex on the East Coast, we strongly urge the ILA members to return to work immediately and resolve their differences after they return.  In the meantime, Port Authority Police are actively working to ensure public safety for all of the stakeholders at the port.”

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