Strike by longshoremen that has halted operations at Maryland's Port of Baltimore enters second day; port annually handles more than 30 million tons of cargo, is 11th largest cargo port in US

BALTIMORE , October 18, 2013 () – Indusrtry Intelligence Editor's Note: Subsequent to the posting of the article below, The Associated Press reported late on Oct. 18 that a tentative deal was reached that would put longshoremen back on the job and that some cargo is beginning to move.

A strike by longshoremen at the Port of Baltimore is in its second day. The longshoremen, the largest of four unions at the port representing more than 1,000 workers, went on strike after contract negotiations stalled Tuesday. Three other unions representing port workers joined the strike.

The Port of Baltimore said arbitration is scheduled for Friday between the International Longshoremen's Association Local No. 333 and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, which hires laborers to work at the port and represents management.

A spokesman says the port handles more than 30 million tons of cargo annually and is the 11th largest port for cargo in the United States. The port says cruise ship operations are normal.

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