September 28, 2010 / 5:04 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Strike closes New York/New Jersey port terminals

* Closure due to Longshoremen’s strike

* Terminals handle every kind of commodity

* Action related to a labor issue at Philadelphia port (Adds details, comment from ILA)

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) - All cargo terminals were closed at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday, due to a strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association union, a spokesman said.

“It’s a picket line put up by the ILA, and port workers are not crossing the line,” said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority New York and New Jersey.

“We have every single type of commodity you can imagine. Furniture, beverages, clothing, automobiles, to name a few,” Coleman said.

The port is the biggest coffee port in the United States and handles large amounts of metal from commodity exchanges in London and New York.

“The job action is related to a labor issue at the Port of Philadelphia. It has nothing to do with any labor issues at our port. It’s more of a solidarity strike in connection with what’s going on at the Port of Philadelphia,” Coleman said.

About 200 members of the ILA in Philadelphia are set to lose their jobs by Oct. 1, and they established the picket line in New York/New Jersey in solidarity, said Jim McNamara, spokesman for the ILA.

“I think they are also going to other areas of the country, Florida and Texas,” McNamara said, adding that he could not confirm whether the strike was also taking place in Philadelphia. (Reporting by Marcy Nicholson; Editing by Walter Bagley)

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