The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) said Wednesday afternoon that bargaining with the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) would continue today.
James Capo, USMX's chairman and chief executive officer, also said the two sides are "still bargaining," but he could offer no further comment.
In an update to members on its Facebook page, the union said yesterday it was "Ready to negotiate 'round the clock.'"
The two sides are reportedly meeting in New Jersey with the assistance of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The ILA's contract, which has been twice extended since late September during current contract talks, is now slated to expire on Feb. 6.
Earlier this week, sources told American Shipper
that issues revolving around work practices in the Port of New York and New Jersey were proving particularly difficult to resolve, but it was not known if progress has been made this week.
Wednesday afternoon, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued an advisory which "New York Container Terminal also will not receive any
live reefer exports for ships scheduled to work beyond February 6 due to
the pending USMX and ILA contract negotiations." - Chris Dupin