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In a photo taken Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, a plane departing from Newark Liberty International Airport lifts behind a stack of containers at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Bloomberg) — New York City’s ports, the busiest on the East Coast, ground to halt after longshoremen walked off the job Friday in an unspecified labor dispute.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that it “strongly” urged members of International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents port workers, to get back to work, and resolve their differences with the New York Shipping Association. The association represents the terminal operators, ocean carriers, and stevedores. The NYSA negotiates labor agreements with the ILA.

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