Port Newark workers decry pending port deal with Arab country

(02/22/06) NEWARK ? Many people who work at Port Newark say they are firmly against the sale of port operations to a state-controlled company in the United Arab Emirates.

Workers believe the pending sale, which includes part of Port Newark, will increase the risk of the port becoming a terror target. A representative of the longshoreman?s union says many of the workers live near the port, and they have a genuine interest in keeping the area as safe as possible. However, a few people believe the sale would be a good thing based on the amount of revenue and overtime dollars a new company could bring in.

The portion of Port Newark up for grabs in the deal handles about four and a half million containers per year.

Related stories: New Jersey to take legal action against port operations transfer Senator Menendez moves to stop port deal with foreign country

 

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