Longshoremen Strike Averted
Mediator says talks will continue for 30 days
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2012 11:19 AM CST
A shipping container is placed on a tractor trailer at the Port of Boston in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – At least we avoided the longshoremen cliff, for now. A federal mediator says 14,500 workers at ports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico will not be striking on Sunday as feared, reports AP. The International Association of Longshoremen still hasn't agreed to a new contract with shipping companies and port operators, but enough progress has been made that members have agreed to keep talking for 30 days. A strike would deal a huge economic blow to retailers and manufacturers.

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Dec 28, 2012 4:04 PM CST
For all you union bashers: Do you know about the Powell Memo?
Dec 28, 2012 2:45 PM CST
Only in America are corporations considered people, do corporations wish to supress the middle class, does the government do little to mandate better treatment by the man on it's middle class, wages stagnating, not keeping up with inflation the middle class hating this alll but still, STILL the middle classe hate the only groups of people fighting for better treatment to workers. Pick a side America, corporations or the middle class. You say you're for the middle class, but you seem to root for the corporations a lot. What do I expect from a republic who neglects voting for it's congress people. You're screwed 'merica. And you deserve every bent over inch of it.
Dec 28, 2012 2:11 PM CST
What may happen, is cargo going to Canada or Mexico, and trucking it in without union interference.