Newark Mayor Ras Baraka led a motorcade of cars and buses Tuesday through Port Newark/Port Elizabeth to protest alleged discrimination in hiring by the International Longshoremen’s Association. Baraka, before he left city hall, said only one local in the ILA, Local 1235, has made a significant effort to hire more African-Americans.
The motorcade was delayed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police, who said not all the vehicles were permitted to enter. In the end, the group traveled through the port area without getting out of cars or buses.
The New York Shipping Association said about 60 percent of current new hires at the port are members of minority groups, mostly African-American and Hispanic. But Baraka and his supporters say the industry and union have a lot of catching up to do with only 40 of 1,300 members of ILA Local 1804-1 being African-American.
Al Turrick Kenney, manager of port activities for the city, said jobs there should go to Newark residents. Baraka promised to be back for more protests until they are treated fairly.
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