The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, an attorney for the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333. The dockworkers union was sued last month by port employers for $3.86 million in damages — the amount arbitrator M. David Vaughn determined the employers lost during the union’s three-day strike in October.

Stair argued in Monday’s filing that the terms of the master contract submitted to Local 333 membership included a provision that it “would not go into effect” until local agreements were reached — and that no such agreement has been reached.

Continue reading at the Baltimore Sun


Find other news on this topic by clicking on the tags and category key words above.