longshoremen http://wamc.org en East Coast Longshoremen Strike Avoided http://wamc.org/post/east-coast-longshoremen-strike-avoided <p></p><p>A deal has been struck that for now averts a strike by 14,500 longshoremen at major ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.</p><p>A federal mediator announced Friday that an expired contract for workers in the International Association of Longshoremen would be extended for another 30 days while negotiations continue.</p><p>The longshoremen had been preparing for a possible strike Sunday that would probably have crippled operations at ports that handle about 40 percent of all U.S. container cargo.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 54707 at http://wamc.org