Thursday, January 3

Governor of Florida calls Obama strike possible ports block

Governor of Florida calls Obama strike possible ports block

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's Governor wants to call President Barack Obama federal law and order a cooling off period, when nearly 15,000 workers away from the job to a threatened strike, which would be a serious blow to the economy of the State, according to a letter he sent this week to the President.

The International Longshoremen Association maritime Alliance Union and have US focusing shippers and ports since March was collective bargaining but supposedly far from 15 ports on the Gulf of Mexico and eastern coasts, a deal with cargo handling remain.

In October, when a previous Treaty expired, the sides agreed a 90-day extension of terms, which will expire on December 29.

Florida ports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale would be hit directly, through a strike or lockout but a stoppage would also rattle, public transportation and trade, which accounts for 550,000 jobs in the and $66 billion engaged in economic activity, said Florida Governor Rick Scott in a letter dated Thursday.

Scott, "The threat to national safety and security, which would result in mass closure of ports are overvalued can not," Obama said.

Scott said that Obama had to prevent the power of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 or to interrupt a work stoppage in ports. Presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush both Taft-Hartley, which calls for 80 days cooling-off periods and mediation used, said Scott.

"The Taft-Hartley Act provides your management with tools that can help to avoid this danger," said Scott. "I ask in the name of the State of Florida, respectfully, that you invoke the law when... the contract expires at the end of the month."

(Report by Michael Connor in Miami; Edit by Cynthia Johnston)

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