An International Longshoremen’s Association strike that halted cargo handling activity at the Port of Baltimore entered its second day Oct. 17, the Maryland Port Administration said, with arbitration that could end the walkout
scheduled for tomorrow.
Arbitration will involve officials from labor and the Steamship Trade Association, representing local port terminal operators. In addition to halting freight operations at one of the busiest East Coast ports, shipments of imported
autos also were affected.The strike involves local issues that weren’t specified by any of the parties. Earlier this year, members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents dock workers, approved a six-
year master contract covering 15 ports while leaving local agreements to be resolved at each port.
The MPA, a state agency, said that cruise ship operations weren’t affected by the walkout.
By Rip Watson