Gulf Coast strike

Ports Strike Appears Averted

Feb 4, 2013
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.