A possible strike by 14,500 longshoremen that could impact shipping at ports long the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico is not expected to impact shipping at the Port of Albany, the port’s general manager said today.
The strike surrounds workers who unload a different kind of cargo than makes it up to Albany, port general manager Richard Hendrick said. Albany generally deals with scrap metal, wood pulp and other cargo not shipped in containers. The contract serving workers unloading the containers is the focus of the strike.
The Port of Albany does have members of the union threatening the strike, Hendrick said, however, those workers are covered under a different contract.
The walkout would be the first of its kind since 1977 and could disrupt shipments at the impacted ports of such varied products as sneakers, electronics and auto parts.
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance are working with a federal mediator to renew a contract that expired in September. But with only days left to make a deal, time is running out.
The Associated Press contributed.