NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of the Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey's failure to bring Sea-Land Service/Maersk Line
negotiations to a successful conclusion, John Bowers, President of the
International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO has called for an emergency
joint meeting between New York Governor George E. Pataki and New Jersey
Governor Christine Todd Whitman and leaders of ILA Locals from New York and
New Jersey for 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, 1999 outside One World Trade Center
in Lower Manhattan.
The ILA president called for the emergency meeting after rank-and-file ILA
members in New York and New Jersey told of their growing concern that the New
York and New Jersey Governors were politicizing lease negotiations with two of
the ILA's biggest employers -- Sea-Land Services and Maersk Line -- and the
Port Authority of New York, thus jeopardizing more than 3,500 longshore jobs
in this region.
In an April 7th letter to Governors Whitman and Pataki, Mr. Bowers wrote
that a proposal to Sea-Land and Maersk, expected by April 6, was not made
because of issues unrelated to negotiations with the shipping lines.
Mr. Bowers said ILA members want to know why their jobs and livelihoods are
being used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between New York and New
The ILA was told to expect many of these longshore workers and their
families to attend Monday's 10 a.m. meeting at One World Trade Center to
demonstrate their concern for their jobs. A crowd of over 1,000 people is
Several members of Congress, including Rep. Robert Menendez of New Jersey
and other political leaders from the two states plan to attend Monday's
meeting with the ILA. "Everyone in this region should be concerned for the
potential loss of jobs," Mr. Bowers said. "Not just longshore jobs, but the
tens of thousands of other jobs related to the movement of cargo into and out
of this port."
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO