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ILA Union workers back at work after walk-off on Thursday

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Allison Skipper, spokeswoman for the SC State Ports Authority said just after 9:40 Thursday morning members of the ILA walked off the job during vessel operations at the two terminals. Allison Skipper, spokeswoman for the SC State Ports Authority said just after 9:40 Thursday morning members of the ILA walked off the job during vessel operations at the two terminals.
CHARLESTON, SC -

According to an email from the Charleston Ports Authority, International Long Shoreman's Association members are back at work this morning.

"As of 1900 (7pm) last night, ILA returned to work at the Port of Charleston", the one line message from Allison Skipper stated.

Several members of the International Longshoreman Association Clerks and Checkers Union walked off the job Thursday after fellow staffers were laid off from their jobs.

"Just after 9:40 Thursday morning members of the ILA walked off the job during vessel operations at the two terminals", Skipper told News 2 on Thursday.

Skipper said the walk-off had no impact on inbound or outbound truck gates at any of the Charleston-area terminals. While ships were not being worked on, yard and truck activities continued uninterrupted.

News 2 talked to head of the Long Shoreman's Union here in Charleston, Kenneth Riley. He explained over the phone that this was not a strike, more like a "forced work stoppage".

He said union clerical workers who sheppard the process along at the port were recently given extra responsibilities, normally done by non-union management.

When it was determined the clerical workers would not accept, and could not do the extra work, they were fired by the companies.

Riley says the workers are an essential part moving the process along at the port.

Riley added it's safe to say at least 50 people were fired. He said the situation should not have gone on this long. While the workers were not on the job thousands of dollars could be lost every hour workers are not loading or unloading freight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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