Contract Extension Averts East Coast Ports Strike
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
December 28, 2012
The union representing longshoremen at East Coast ports has agreed to a 30-day contract extension, averting a potential strike on Sunday. A work stoppage would have a big effect on the region’s economy.
Joe Seneca is an economics professor at Rutgers. He says there are an enormous amount of jobs connected with the ports in North and South Jersey.
“An estimate of $48 billion in economic activity as result just in New Jersey of the Port work, and if you take that on a weekly basis that’s nearly a billion dollars a week. So it could quickly add up even in a short strike.”
New Jersey Retail Merchants Association president John Holub says store managers are making contingency plans in case the contract dispute is not settled and there’s a strike next month.
“There are other ports in the country that won¹t be impacted. So retailers can ship in things from the West Coast ports and from Canada, but obviously those come at a cost. The longer distance you have to travel the greater expense it will be to retailers to get the products on the shelves.”
Those increased costs could lead to higher prices at the stores.
© 2012 WBGO News
Lavallette. May 20, 2013
Christie says rebuilt boardwalk a symbol that shore is open for business. Read More
May 20, 2013
Says legislative budget officer David Rosen is wrong. Read More
May 20, 2013
The suburbs of New York and New Jersey are becoming home to more and more of the areas poor population. Read More
New York City Hall. May 20, 2013
Closing arguments are expected Monday in the landmark federal civil rights class action suit against the NYPD over its controversial stop-and-frisk practices. Read More
May 17, 2013
Tree pollen reaches peak, grass pollen will last several more weeks. Read More