IN AN EDITORIAL Aug. 13 on the vital and growing concern of port authorities with waterfront labor negotiations, we pointed out that this year, for the first time, an observerfrom the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is attending the contract talks between the New York and Boston shipping associations and the International Longshoremen's Association.

Subsequently, the Massachusetts Port Authority called us to say its labor negotiator is actually taking part in negotiations. MPA is a terminal operator in the port of Boston - not just a terminal owner - and as such qualifies for a place on the management side of the bargaining table. Port authorities sometimes actually operate their facilities, and may even employ longshore labor, although that is comparatively rare. Port agencies in those categories can involve themselves in labor relations without question.Our Aug. 13 editorial was concerned with the large number of port authorities that are neither terminal operators nor direct employers of dock workers and have tended to stay apart from labor negotiations despite their enormous investment in port facilities.

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