A 33-day dock strike that cost the American economy $2 billion ended Saturday (13 February) along most of the Eastern seaboard, including the Port of New York.
LS PIER SHIP
CU SIGN "QUEEN FREDERIKA"
MS LONGSHOREMEN BRING OFF LUGGAGE
MS LONGSHOREMEN SHAPE UP
MS HIRING BOSS POINTS AT MEN
CU PAN OF LONGSHOREMEN
MS MEN FILE IN TO WORK
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Background: A 33-day dock strike that cost the American economy $2 billion ended Saturday (13 February) along most of the Eastern seaboard, including the Port of New York.
Along the Hudson River, gangs of longshoremen and other dock workers formed half an hour before starting time and moved to the pierheads shortly before 8 a.m. When the whistle sounded they went in to work -- at the new weekend overtime rates of $5.04 an hour.
One of the first ships to benefit from the end of the strike was the Queen Frederika of National Hellenic Lines, which tied up about 8 a.m. with 500 passengers returning from a West Indies cruise. By 11 a.m., some 17,000 longshoremen were at work in New York Harbor, which includes both New York and New Jersey piers. On an average Saturday only about 6,000 would be at work. More than a million tons of cargo has accumulated on ships and piers in the Port of New York since the International Longshoremen's Association called the strike January 11th. Bowing to federal-court orders, the union issued a back-to-work order Friday (12 February) for ports where local unions had ratified agreements with shipping firms. The strike continued in South Atlantic and Western Gulf ports, because the union rejected a compromise agreement submitted by a panel appointed by President Johnson. Efforts to resolve the disputes there are continuing.