Longshoremen along the East Coast began
moving cargo for Evergreen
Marine Corporation following a four-week work stoppage. The resumption of
work followed yesterday’s action by the carrier’s North America agent,
Evergreen America Corporation
, to withdraw charges against the ILA that were
pending before the National Labor Relations Board.
The handling of cargo containers and ships coming in and out of the U.S.
East Coast was halted beginning May 14 over an issue involving Evergreen
America’s port captains.
The ILA and Evergreen America began negotiating Tuesday night and worked
into early this morning making progress in ³settling many substantive
issues² before them. The parties were asked to clarify and reach a tenative
understanding on a number if issues. No final agreements were reached, but
other meetings will continue during the next several weeks.
Evergreen America says they are pleased that that were able to effect resumed services
to our valued customers and to work towards an amicable settlement with John
Bowers and the ILA,” said a company spokesperson, Barbara Yeninas. “Since
it is not our policy to conduct labor relations in the press, Evergreen
America will have no further statement until a final agreement is reached,”