By BCFC @Adobe Stock

Paul Berger of The Wall Street Journal tells his readers the decision means the South Carolina port will have to use union dockworkers at its new container terminal. He writes:

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought by South Carolina’s ports authority, letting stand a lower-court ruling that effectively requires the Port of Charleston to use an all-union labor force at a new container terminal. 

The decision on Tuesday caps a long-running battle over labor rules at the site and diminishes hopes in South Carolina and Georgia, both right-to-work states, that they can sidestep the International Longshoremen’s Association while expanding cargo-handling at some of the country’s biggest ports. […]

Georgia’s Port of Savannah, which operates under a similar model to Charleston, said in an October 2023 brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that the NLRB and the lower court rulings jeopardize its plans to build a 395-acre terminal that will allow it to handle an additional two million containers per year. The state-run authority said extra costs, such as higher salaries, “would result in lost revenues and increased costs totaling nearly $600 million in just the first year of the new terminal’s operation.”

A spokesman for the Georgia Ports Authority said: “Georgia Ports has been talking with the ILA and this will not jeopardize our plans.”

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