East Coast strike

Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of Charlotte companies connected to major ports on the East and Gulf coasts no longer have to worry about a strike damaging their businesses this week. That's because dockworkers and ocean shipping companies have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

For months, dockworkers from Maine to Texas had threatened a strike if they couldn't agree to a new contract with ocean shipping companies.

Michael Tomsic

Shipping activity at the major ports along the East and Gulf coasts could grind to a halt late next week. That's because negotiations have broken down between dockworkers and ocean carriers to renew an expiring contract. If a strike happens, the effects would stretch across highways and railroads to Charlotte and beyond.