Strike threat escalates across US East coast ports

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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the largest dockworker union in the US, has suspended negotiations with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) due to concerns over automated gate systems used by APM Terminals and Maersk. These systems autonomously process trucks without ILA labor, a move the union sees as a violation of their coast-wide master contract. ILA President Harold Daggett criticized USMX for allowing this practice, accusing them of trying to eliminate ILA jobs through automation. Until the auto gate issue is resolved, the ILA has refused to engage in further contract talks. This development echoes previous port labour disputes, including recent conflicts on the west coast, highlighting ongoing tensions over automation and labour practices in global port operations.

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