Port faces possibility of strike as deadline approaches

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A deadline is drawing near for the Port of CharlestonA tentative 30-day deal between port workers and container companies expires at midnight January 28.{}Members of the International Longshoreman Association are fighting with companies over container royalties. Shipping companies have paid royalties to port workers based on each container in the past,{} but now want to freeze those payments. Workers have threatened to strike if they don't continue to get two dollars per ton. A strike would have a huge impact considering one in five state jobs depend on port operations.