An arbitrator has ordered a longshoremen’s local to pay $3.8 million in damages for a three-day strike at the Port of Baltimore that he said violated a no-strike provision in the longshoremen’s master contract.
Baltimore’s port is still shut down for a second day. Striking longshoremen and ship companies have yet to reach a contract settlement.
The same night politicians finally strike a deal in Washington, the Port of Baltimore is negotiating its own deal. A union dispute has stopped all operations at the port–one of the busiest in the nation.
They deliver everything from clothes to toys to electronics for businesses across the country. But a looming strike by longshoremen in Baltimore and nationwide could bring the economy to a standstill.