A U.S. District Court Judge in New Jersey has granted a motion by the International Longshoremen's Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the New York Shipping Association.
Instead a dispute over damages that terminal operators claim they are owed because of a 2010 wildcat strike in New York and Philadelphia will be heard by an arbitrator.
Judge Dickinson R. Bebevoise ruled last week that the two parties made an oral and written agreement to arbitrate the division last year, and that delays in finalizing details related to that agreement "does not negate the fact that a proposal was floated, an offer was authorized and extended, and that acceptance of the terms was acheived."
Last month, ILA President Harold Daggett complained in a speech that the lawsuit was an "economic strangle-hold" and a "calculated strategy by our management counterparts to handicap negotiations in their favor." He said the suit was expanding a wedge between the two sides, but said the union "will not be bullied." - Chris Dupin