A U.S. District Judge extended the temporary restraining order he issued a week earlier against the International Longshoremen's Association's work stoppage Sept. 28-29, which had shut down container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
In ordering an extension of the restraining order against the ILA that had been sought by the New York Shipping Association, U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise on Wednesday also postponed a hearing on it until later this month.
On Sept. 28, Judge Debevoise had ordered local members of the International Longshoremen's Association to observe a ruling against their work stoppage by an arbitrator on Sept. 27 and return to work after their two-day work stoppage.
Local New York and New Jersey chapters of the ILA stopped work at container terminals in New York Harbor on Sept. 28-29 in observance of picket lines set up by members of ILA locals from Philadelphia who were protesting the pending move by Del Monte Fresh Produce of 75 ship calls a year from an ILA terminal in Camden, N.J. to a non-ILA facility in Gloucester, N.J. that is owned by the Holt family.
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