The New York Shipping Association’s board unanimously reaffirmed its support of a lawsuit the NYSA and the International Longshoremen’s Association filed against the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
The action came at the NYSA board’s quarterly meeting today.
The NYSA-ILA lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., seeks to enjoin the Waterfront Commission from “interference” in dockworker hiring under a six-year labor contract that was signed last April.
The Waterfront Commission said in response to the lawsuit that NYSA had “definitively demonstrated that it no longer represents the intersts of its terminal operator members but, rather, that of the ILA.”
NYSA President John Nardi said the association, which represents ocean carriers and terminal operators in the Port of New York and New Jersey, will continue to work to implement the new contract.
“Any suggestion, by any party, that the NYSA does not represent the best interests of its membership reflects a lack of understanding of the priorities of the shipping industry and the economic engine it powers,” Nardi said in a statement.
“NYSA will continue with this focus on improving productivity and maintaining the region’s competitiveness until our contract is fully implemented,” Nardi said.