There will not a strike at Florida's ports as had been feared. The International Longshoreman's Association and an alliance representing shipping lines and port operators agreed to a 30 day extension of their current contract. This contract was to expire on December 29. An agreement was reached in principle on container royalties, according to a statement released on December 28, according to an article by Doreen Hemlock in the December 29 Sun Sentinel.
At Port Everglades, the International Longshoreman's Association handles about 30 percent of containerized cargo. Other unions and non-union personnel are responsible for the rest. Had the strike taken place, members of the International Longshoreman's Assocation would have handled other freight including passenger ships, perishable cargo, U.S. mail and military cargo, according to union officials, in an article by Doreen Hemlock in the December 29 Sun Sentinel.