An International Longshoremen’s Association local has withdrawn its unfair-labor-practice charge against Yang Ming (America) and said it will seek to resume negotiations on a contract for the carrier’s New Jersey-based vessel stowage planners.
Local 1964 President Robert Levy had filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board’s Newark regional office after the company broke off negotiations last month. Levy said the union withdrew the charge and “is now looking forward to scheduling a meeting to continue the negotiations.”
Only two workers are involved in the Yang Ming negotiations. In 2003, the local disrupted Evergreen America operations in East Coast ports with a four-week strike over bargaining rights for four stowage planners and a port engineer.
Local 1964 represents small groups of port captains, who plan vessel stowage, at the New Jersey offices of Evergreen, Cosco and Yang Ming, where the union’s latest contract expired June 1. This year the ILA won a unionization vote for port captains at United Arab Shipping.