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No one said it was going to be easy, but it at least appears that local negotiations between terminal employers and unions are heading in the right direction, with the news that in New York and New Jersey the two have reached a preliminary agreement. As the largest port complex covered by the ILA-USMAX master contract, the fact that the two could reach a deal is surely symbolic, despite “mediation appeared tense, with screaming and, at one point, talk of a potential walk-out”.

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