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Teamsters, Port Workers to Rally Against Port Ops Sale

The transportation union says that the country’s security is at risk.Members of the Teamsters, ILA (International Longshoreman’s Association), port workers and some New Jersey politicians, including Senator Menendez, plan to rally next Monday morning at Newark’s Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal to protest the pending sale of certain U.S. port operations to a Dubai state-owned shipping company.

The Teamsters union, which represents thousands of members who work in and around the nation’s ports, strongly opposes the $6.8 billion sale of P&O Ports‘ U.S. terminal operations to Dubai Ports World. U.K.-based P&O operates port facilities in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans and Newark.

The union said in a release that “the nearly $7 billion deal approved by the Bush administration puts our nation’s gateways under the control of a company based in a country that has served as a conduit for terrorist activity.”

The Teamsters have concerns over foreign company ownership of U.S. ports and “serious issues” with foreign state-owned entities owning such facilities, said a spokesman for the Teamsters.

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