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Longshoremen Returning To Work At NJ, NY Ports

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FILE - In thios Oct. 23, 2008 file photo, cranes load and unload a container ship docked at Maher Terminals, in Elizabeth, N.J. Longshoremen remain on strike Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at ports in New Jersey and New York despite a judge ordering them back to work. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

FILE – In thios Oct. 23, 2008 file photo, cranes load and unload a container ship docked at Maher Terminals, in Elizabeth, N.J. Longshoremen remain on strike Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at ports in New Jersey and New York despite a judge ordering them back to work. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Longshoremen on strike for two days at ports in New Jersey and New York are going back to work.

The New York Shipping Association, an organization representing cargo terminals and terminal operators, says an agreement has been reached to have longshoremen return to work at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The workers had been off the job since Tuesday, leaving at least a dozen ships waiting to off-load cargo containers and bringing ports in northern New Jersey and New York to a standstill.

The work stoppage stemmed from a dispute between the longshoremen’s union and Fresh Del Monte Produce over the company’s decision to move work from a facility in Camden, N.J., to another one in Gloucester City.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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