Baltimore Longshoremen Approve Contract

BALTIMORE (AP) — Members of Baltimore’s largest dockworkers union have agreed to a new contract.

The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/1Guhc6z ) that International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333 members voted Wednesday to approve the contract, ending a nearly 18-month standoff.

The contract includes wage increases, ensures that all jobs will be filled with ILA labor and ends the hiring of nonunion workers off the pier. It also forgives a $3.8 million damages award assessed against Local 333 after a three-day strike in 2013.

A tally was not released, but Helen Delich Bentley, a former congresswoman and current Maryland Port Administration adviser, says the contract passed by a few votes.

The agreement complements a master contract that governs container cargo handled by ILA labor at ports from Maine to Texas. Both expire Sept. 30, 2018.
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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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