By Richard Berman, The Wall Street Journal
At least they allowed a strike-free Christmas.
The International Longshoremen’s Association this month announced plans to shut down ports on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico if the United States Maritime Alliance doesn’t meet its contract demands. The only good news is that the union set the strike date at Dec. 29.
This impending strike comes just weeks after an eight-day work stoppage by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa estimated cost the economy $8 billion. That strike only shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The one set for this weekend could shut down every port from Maine to Texas.