Longshoremen’s strike could cripple ports, deal costly blow to New York region

Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 16:09:25-05

Shipping and trucking companies and other port users are bracing for a possible longshoremen’s strike that could leave ships backed up in the harbor.

Talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association  and a coalition of shipping companies broke down last week.

A strike is possible if no agreement is reached before Dec. 29 — it could cost the region $110 million a week in economic output.