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Baltimore stevedores' union sued for payment of illegal-strike award
Last fall, a brief strike by Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association shut down operations at the Seagirt and Dundalk marine terminals in Baltimore, affecting commerce for numerous shippers. When an arbitrator ruled the strike was in violation of the union contract, it ended—and subsequently the arbitrator put Local 333 on the hook for nearly $4 million in damages owed to seven shippers. With payment still pending, Local 333 is now being sued in federal court by two shippers' organizations.
By Van Smith
July 2, 2014