The International Longshoremen’s Association said it is in “full solidarity” with owner-operator container haulers who have suffered “undue hardship” during this summer’s operational delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
“These independent port drivers, whose livelihoods are based on the number of moves they make, were subjected to massive traffic tie-ups that cut deeply into their ability to make a livable salary,” the ILA said in a statement from its North Bergen, N.J., headquarters.
“The ILA has been doing everything in its power to assist our employers and the Port of New York and New Jersey to get operations up and running” after delays that began with computer problems at Maher Terminals.
“Some sought to put blame for the slowdowns at the Port of New York and New Jersey on the ILA and even some port drivers believed the ILA to be at fault. Employers took responsibility for the major computer glitch and resulting slowdown and even praised the ILA for its assistance in ILA members working to the point of exhaustion to help unclog the congestion,” the union said.
"We stand fully behind our fellow workers, the independent port drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey," said Dennis Daggett, president of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District and of ILA Local 1804-1. "They took a big hit when the system went down. We all make our living when the port is working, and we all share in the responsibility to make it happen."
The ILA sid it “looks to work more closely with the independent Port Drivers and expresses its full solidarity with them to protect their livelihoods and improve their working conditions.”