Longshoremen On Strike In Baltimore Harbor | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Longshoremen On Strike In Baltimore Harbor

Members of the Local 333 walk the picket line at Baltimore harbor.
Elliott Francis
Members of the Local 333 walk the picket line at Baltimore harbor.

A strike by longshoremen at the port of Baltimore is shutting down operations at one of the nation's busiest shipping ports.

Millions of dollars of cargo sits idle as longshoreman walk the picket line in a contract dispute with shipping officials.

The dispute between the Steamship Trade Association and the 1,200 dock workers has been festering for the three years the longshoremen have been without a contract. They also want that agreement to be fair, which is why members of International Longshoreman's Association local 333 refused the latest contract offer this week and authorized this strike.

"All we want is a fair contract," says John Dandridge, a longshoreman of 13 years. "They're making billions of dollars and don't want to give you a fair living. If this is what we have to do then this is what we will do. Maybe somewhere in America somebody might hear our plea."

High on the long list of disputed contract points is the issue of worker safety on the docks. The longshoremen say the loading and unloading of thousands of tons of cargo is one of the most hazardous jobs in the shipping industry.

NPR

Miss Colombia Wins Pageant; Miss Jamaica Wins Twitter?

Days later, bad feelings linger among the Miss Universe pageant viewers who believe that the wrong contestant won. Many watchers on social media say Miss Jamaica should being wearing the crown.
NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
WAMU 88.5

Drilling Off Virginia Coast Could Harm Neighboring States, Cardin Says

The Obama administration has decided to open up the Atlantic states to offshore drilling, a move that is not playing well among East Coast democrats like U.S. Sen. Cardin (D-MD).
NPR

Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

The tech giant sold 74 million phones in three months.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.