The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said 150 longshoremen "are in the process of being hired" despite ongoing litigation between the New York Shipping Association, the International Longshoremen's Association and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. The ILA and the New York Shipping Association, which represents the employers of ILA members, are suing over hiring rules.
“We’re pleased that the Waterfront Commission and the New York
Shipping Association understand what’s at stake here and are doing their
part to continue the critical hiring that’s necessary to keep our port
competitive in an extremely challenging marketplace,” said Port
Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.
A spokesman for the New York Shipping Association said in addition to 150 longshoremen, 75 checkers are in the process of being hired.
The NYSA and ILA requested last fall that the Waterfront Commission, which regulates the number of workers in the harbor, increase the number of workers by a total of 532 longshoremen and 150 checkers.