Date: Jul 20, 2012
Press Release Number: 101-2012
The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen
STATEMENT BY HAROLD J. DAGGETT, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION:
The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO welcomes the news from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that the completion date for “Raising the Roadway” project of the Bayonne Bridge will be completed six months sooner than originally expected. We note that this means an important part of this Bayonne Bridge project will be completed in conjunction with the expansion of the Panama Canal thus allowing the Port of New York and New Jersey to remain competitive. The officers and members of the ILA, especially those thousands of members who work in the Port of New York and New Jersey, congratulate the leadership of the Port Authority, and Governors Christie and Cuomo.
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.