Longshoremen back at ports in NY, NJ after surprise walkout

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, ship to shore cranes load shipping containers onto jockey trucks from a cargo ship at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Longshoremen are back on the job in New York and New Jersey after a walkout that temporarily halted work at the country’s busiest East Coast port.

A spokesman for the International Longshoremen’s Association says the union told members to start returning to work Friday evening. They’d walked off the job earlier in the day over concerns including the possible outsourcing of work as well as automation of other work.

New York Shipping Association spokeswoman Beverly Fedorko says operations are expected to be “normal and flow smoothly.”

The port handles more than $200 billion worth of cargo annually. It is the busiest port on the East Coast and the third-busiest in the country, behind Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

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