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  Statement by FMCS Director George Cohen on East Coast Ports Labor Negotiations

Release Date: 10/24/2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. “I am pleased to report that the parties met the past two days under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and discussed a number of major issues.  As a result of these discussions, the parties will have their respective committees review their positions and analyze associated costs.  Meanwhile, the parties’ subcommittees will continue to meet in an effort to resolve additional outstanding issues.  Again, I wish to commend the parties for their hard work and their commitment to this process.”


“As is our custom and practice, due to the sensitive nature of these high profile negotiations, we will have no further comment on the schedule for the negotiations, their location, or the substance of what takes place during those negotiations.”

For a PDF version of the FMCS statement, click here.