Baltimore Port Strike in Third Day
October 18, 2013
A strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association continues for a third day at the Port of Baltimore, crippling freight operations.
The walkout is due to a dispute over a labor contract for workers at the facility. Other ports along the East Coast and Gulf Coast have not been affected. Earlier this year a new master contract was approved for East Coast and Gulf Coast port longshoremen.
A total of about 1,000 workers are on strike with the ILA, along with those from three other unions representing port workers.
Longshoremen have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board while employers claim strikers are violating a “no-strike” clause in the master contract.
According to an interview with the Maryland Port Authority by WJZ-TV, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in total exports and imports of automobiles.
An arbitration meeting between the ILA local and employers was set for Friday.
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