ELIZABETH - The leadership of the International Longshoremen’s Association is urging all the union members who walked off the job Friday to return back to work.

On the group’s Facebook page, union leaders posted a statement that said, “We have heard your voices, we have heard your concerns, and we have taken action on your behalf.”

The statement continued, “We urge all ILA members to return to work and will continue to report to you on the progress we make resolving all concerns of our hard working and dedicated ILA workforce.”

The walkout began at about 11 a.m. when more than 1,000 longshoremen walked off the job at ports in New York and New Jersey, putting ship unloading at a standstill.

No ships were unloaded and no trucks were allowed to enter the port during the time.

The longshoremen are expected to return to work Monday morning.