Amid delays at port of Baltimore, longshoremen and management agree to arbitration
Work slowdowns by longshoremen at the port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal are disrupting operations so much that some shipping line customers may move their cargo shipments to other ports, the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore said in a court filing.
The association, which represents the employers of union dockworkers, also said port truckers are threatening to strike after waiting 40 percent longer than normal to pick up and deliver cargo.
The alleged slowdowns continue to occur despite a federal judge ordering dockworkers to work as required in their contract.
While no one would say what the problem is, the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333 has agreed to arbitration next Tuesday to resolve the dispute with management, according to a joint status report filed in federal court. The trade association filed a federal lawsuit against the local on Oct. 30, claiming dockworkers illegally walked off the job, forcing Seagirt to shut down for a day.