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Possible Strike by Eastcoast Longshoremen

Thursday, September 20, 2012

 Negotiations for a new contract covering dockworkers at Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports have come to an abrupt halt, with the possibility of an end-of-the-month work stoppage looming larger and sending shippers scrambling to find alternatives for their holiday cargo. Talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Association, which represents 14 Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, dissolved Aug. 22, less than half an hour into what was to have been a three-day session.

“It looks like we’re going to have a strike” when the current contract expires Sept. 30, ILA president Harold Daggett




Roberto Cavalli autumn/winter 2012 show report
"Camera Nazionale della Moda limits itself to scheduling fashion shows, twice a year," wrote Cavalli on his blog. "The Cavalli maison has always been a member of the fashion chamber. I think that Armani is a member, too, but his every choice is perceived as an order! Dolce & Gabbana are not members but they don't care about others and pursue their own interests as if they were the only fashion house in Italy. Other relevant Italian brands are owned by French companies and, as usual, Italians pull out the red carpet for foreigners. The Camera Nazionale della Moda supports only big names, giving small companies what's left."
Cavalli's clash with Giorgio Armani stems from the Armani house moving its show from September 24 to Sunday September 23, abandoning Cavalli as the only big-name designer on the last day of the city's fashion week schedule. Although he could move his show to overlap with another designer's he has decided not to - and is concerned that the fashion press will miss his show in order to travel to France, for Paris Fashion Week. Meanwhile his issue with Dolce & Gabbana dates back to the label showing off-schedule and overlapping with Cavalli several years ago, forcing him to reschedule his show.