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Striking dockworkers shut down Baltimore port

| October 16, 2013

Striking dockworkers halted business at the Port of Baltimore after contract discussions stalled between negotiators and the union. 

On Oct. 16, one of the four area labor unions serving the port began a work stoppage Oct. 16 and were joined by the other three unions, said the Maryland Port Administration.

“As a result all cargos at the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals are being impacted and no ships are currently being worked,” the MPA stated.

The Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore and the International Longshoremen’s Association are negotiating the matter. The STA also is pursuing arbitration to request they return to work. 

  • King Ralph Sekulski

    as an owner operator out of NY/NJ i have much respect to those Longshoremen out of Baltimore terminal, whenever i go there, i am treated like a human being, with respect, and professionalism. on the other hand, Longshoremen out of the NY/NJ terminal’s could adapt the same culture as their southern brothers.

  • MileHiMoose

    The Truckers that tried to surround Washington D.C. can take a lesson from. (The Longshoreman in Baltimore, Md. On October 16th ).! Or try The Teamsters Local 560 in New Jersey. They will show you just how to do it. Lesson being, (You just can’t do it All Alone Any More)! You may not like the word Union, but you should read The History Books, on what they did for The American Worker’s!

  • jim stewart

    port truckers at one time had good relations with the longshoremen but sadly most of the new breed on both sides believe they don’t need each others support anymore so corporate America feeds like fat pigs at the management trough from this dysfunctional divide they enjoy between blue collar workers. yes – we need unity among workers to accomplish anything worth while. these chicken s#*t container trucking rates have for years created an underground economy around every seaport along the eastcoast. it’s now spilling over into general trucking such as flatbed,step deck,lowboy work. for those who think they can operate a truck for a dollar per mile they’re still living in the early seventies or late sixties. The intermodal carriers have perfected their steel-can rate system down to a science knowing they can still get plenty fools to run their loads for forty cents above the cost of fuel per mile. how the HELL can anyone run a truck without considering the true cost of doing business with a class 8 tractor or calculating pay for them self? the standard container hauler owner/op business model is run the truck until something major breaks and then find another job. retirement or actually making a profit never enters the picture for the majority out here. please someone tell me i’ve got it all wrong!!

  • HANK

    Last i figured it, the truck [no trailer costs, leased to trailer owner] needed $2.70 per running mile [40% empty] to be a viable business as an O.O.
    This is making 4.0 mpg in heavy haul [$1 to $1.25 per mile fuel cost]

  • Tom T

    Look around you Jim. Most of those that do container work, at least out of N.Y. NJ. are all fly by night back-office companies that hire illegals and Mexican nationals to haul for nothing. They then send the money back home. You know how many pesos a dollar will buy? They even have trucking schools in Jersey City that train them and they advertise no English, no problem. Same thing with CSX and NS

    rail yards. One day at Sealand Homeland Security
    caught 35 of them using the same sealink card. Been going on for some time. The trucks are junk. Compete with that.

  • jim stewart

    yeah it’s the same deal here in the south with these unscrupulous companies you speak of making it a simple path to get behind the wheel. i thought speaking English was required to hold a CDL license but that must have changed or not be enforced because of today’s political correctness.. trucking is now classified on the level of farm work labor. it’s one of those jobs Americans don’t want to do according to our good attorney & banker politicians we’ve placed in DC! we are steady sliding at a fast pace toward becoming a third country where everyone will be forced to live in poverty within the next twenty years.. the TWIC card is another load of crap from our federal government which cost us money and inconvenience. we are geared for regulating everything in our workplace except compensation. trucking was a lot better off with the ICC in place. it was more difficult to enter the industry as a driver without proving you had some professional experience and starting a new company. now every shipper enjoys discounted rates from thousands of under the radar companies who hire low pay steering wheel holders to deliver their product.

  • Tom T

    I started in 67 Jim. Whole different world. It was a challenge but also fun and I loved it. De-regulation signed into law by none other than Jimmy Carter destroyed not only my standard of living, it actually reduced working people who were middle

    class, such as airline stewardesses,
    pilot, telephone company jobs and many others and was the beginning of

    globalization. I fought it, but an O/O in

    New England stood up and told Carter

    at a town hall meeting, “it would give us a chance to compete and be good for O/O`s”. Little did he realize that he could not compete with the likes of J.B. and Schneider and the holding companies that took over all the good companies and just sucked the cash out of them. I just retired after 45 years and I see things only getting worse.
    Good luck.

  • Tom T

    As a leased driver your lucky, at 75% of gross, to make .70 a mile. They make more money selling trucks to would be owners than they do moving freight.
    Maybe that is why the turnover rate in this industry is
    125%. That`s more than nursing home workers who, if you add up the hours probably bring home more money per hours invested. Again, de-regulation, cut
    throat competition, regulations that favor big companies, and hedge funds that invest to drive up the stock price for short term profit, split the stock and sell the company off to another holding company not to mention every state and local municipality between Boston and Salinas Ca. who has their collective hand out and in your pocket. Throw in repair costs and well
    the rest is, as they say, history being made on a daily basis.

  • USMC 69-75

    At least we tried, where were you? That is why we weren’t AS successful as we could have been. To many wanna be’s and cry babies, but none with enough spine to do anything. So you want to join a union to fight and speak for you, because you can’t speak for yourself? No wander this industry and country have fallen so far…….NO Spines anymore, just sheeple! Go ahead and tell me how big you are now, behind that keyboard, but out on the road, you ain’t squat! Cut your neighbors throat, leave stranded motorists, can’t move over for a fellow driver……to scared of a left lane restrictions, and the list goes on.
    After forty years myself, I am ashamed to call myself a truck driver. Now I tell people I’m a business man that just happens to drive a truck in my line of work! strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.