Threat of dock worker strike could hurt Port of Tampa, Gov. Scott holding press conference

TAMPA - Governor Rick Scott is holding a news conference this morning with port leaders around the state.

It comes as the threat of a strike by dock workers looms large for ports along the east coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

The International Longshoremen's contract is up on Saturday, and there is  serious worry that if a new deal is not done, a work stoppage could lead to a shutdown at ports all up and down the east coast.

That could mean serious issues for many businesses that rely on those ports to get billions of dollars worth of cargo in and out; almost 15,000 workers at ports from New York to Houston.

Contract talks haven't been going well and broke off a couple of days ago.

President Obama does have the power to step in, and Governor Scott did send him a letter last week asking him to do just that to prevent a work  stoppage at each port.

The largest is the port of New York and New Jersey.

Florida has four ports, two in South Florida, Jacksonville, and here in Tampa.

The port of Tampa is the smallest out as far as cargo handled goes,

but it does move about 16 million tons of oil, and gas each year, and it's  largest in the state when it comes to steel distribution.

Automobiles also a big part of the port's business.

A press conference with Governor Scott begins this morning at 11.

We'll let you know what he says later today and keep you updated on contract negotations and any effects we see at the Port of Tampa.



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