Hampton Roads dockworkers reject local contract again

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 7:24 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- Dockworkers have rejected a local contract covering issues specific to the port of Hampton Roads.

Members of the International Longshoremen's Association voted 520-483 on Monday to reject the contract proposal. A contract proposal also was rejected in April.

Local union executive Larry Bachtell tells The Virginian-Pilot that the next course of action hasn't been determined.

The contract is separate from a so-called master contract ratified in April that covers dockworkers from Maine to Texas.

Hampton Roads Shipping Association president and chief negotiator Roger Giesinger tells the newspaper that management will return to the bargaining table if the union wants to resume talks.

The contract deals with local issues such as the size of the gangs used to load and unload container ships.

 

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