Members of Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association rejected a contract offer on Monday, the Baltimore Sun reported
Union leaders told the newspaper that members will not strike and that they will continue to negotiate with employers, who are represented by the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. American Shipper
was unable to immediately reach Riker McKenzie, the president of Local 333, or Michael Angelos, president of the Steamship Trade Association.
Angelos told the Sun
he was shocked that the the latest offer was rejected, and the paper said talks between the two sides were expected to resume Tuesday.
ILA members approved a national master contract that covers containerized cargo last April. But negotiations over local issues and handling of breakbulk cargo continued in some ports, including Baltimore, where an agreement has been particularly difficult to reach.
Local 333 members struck the port for three days in October, and went back to work for a 90-day cooling off period that will end this Friday.