Newark’s Mayor has held a protest against the New York Shipping Association and International Longshoremen’s Association’s alleged unfair hiring practices, according to the JOC, sparking a shutdown in operations.
On July 17, 2016 a motorcade drove at 5mph south through the port in protest at NY/NJ, halting traffic and causing delays at four terminals.
The Mayor claimed that there was a low percentage of women and minorities being hired, a claim which the New York Shipping Association and International Longshoremen’s Association deny, and that he wishes for the city of Newark to benefit more from its port.
The Port of New York and New Jersey recently welcomed the largest ship to ever call there due to the opening of the Panama Canal expansion, and will see a surge in larger ships because of it in the future.
It is currently investing $3.4 billion in its capabilities.