Although no date has been set and no firm details are available, the International Longshoremen’s Association has begun to lay the groundwork for a one-day work stoppage at ILA ports from Houston to Maine. 

The ILA hopes to draw attention to two issues affecting its members: the activities of the Waterfront Commission in the ports of New York & New Jersey and the use of state employees instead of union workers for certain functions at the South Carolina Ports Authority.  A stoppage affecting this many ports, even if only for one day, would certainly have a substantial impact on cargo flows. 

As details become available, Shapiro will continue to keep you informed.