The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Monday its support for an agreement between the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and the port's main employers' group, the New York Shipping Association, to hire 225 new dockworkers to help prevent labor shortages.
According to the announcement, the agreement includes the hiring, currently underway, of 150 members of the International Longshoremen's Association as an interim solution to the ongoing dispute between the Commission and the Shipping Association.
The Star-Ledger reports the hiring spree will also include 75 union supervisors.
The dispute dates back to last November, when the Port Authority hosted a meeting between the waterfront administrators and the employer's association. Dockworkers and their employers later sued the Waterfront Commission, alleging it improperly interfered with the hiring of dockworkers.
The port is home to 280,000 jobs and is the busiest port facility on the East Coast, the Port Authority said in a statement.