Weekend talks set in push to reach port pact

November 16, 1990|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Evening Sun Staf

Contract bargainers representing about 2,500 dockworkers and their employers at the Port of Baltimore plan to meet throughout the weekend to try to reach agreement on a new pact in time for a ratification vote Tuesday.

John Bowers, president of the New York-based International Longshoremen's Association, ordered the vote on the agreement reached late last month governing ILA members from Maine to Texas.

The vote comes 10 days before the expiration of the current contract, raising the possibility of eliminating strike threats earlier that usual. It also makes it possible that Baltimore, if it fails to reach a supplemental, local agreement, will once again be singled out for labor-management disagreement.

Bowers has put pressure on union officers in each of the 36 ILA ports to have their local contracts settled by then so members can vote for local and national agreements as a single package. In the past, the contracts have always been treated as a single unit but that will not necessarily be so this year, said ILA spokesman James McNamara.

Local negotiations resumed today with participants reporting significant differences.

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