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 Jersey. 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 expected. 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