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Labor at The Port of Baltimore

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Baltimore's longshoremen and women are committed to continuing the port's tradition of excellence - a tradition that stretches back through several generations. Baltimore's International Longshoremen's Association and Steamship Trade Association have formed a progressive partnership that enhances Baltimore's competitive position and the skills of our workers.

In today's competitive maritime industry, service dictates where the cargo flows. Baltimore's ILA and STA leadership realize that ports which go the extra mile for the customers receive the extra cargo.

The Port of Baltimore's ability to handle any cargo, any time, in any weather, keeps cargo moving and customers coming back. The contract between the ILA and management assures our continued stability on the waterfront. Baltimore sets the standard for keeping steamship lines on schedule.

  • Unlimited midnight starts allow vessels to work after most ports have closed for the night.
  • An innovative flex-time policy allows gate complexes at all terminals to operate continuously from 7am to 6pm for receipt and delivery of cargo.
  • One of the nation's most progressive inclement weather policies keeps cargo moving, rain or shine.
  • An unprecedented contract for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility adjacent to Seagirt Marine Terminal allows around-the-clock operation.
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As talented as the port's skilled work force is, it is always looking for ways to be better.

Continuing education, computer training and other programs keep the port's work force educated on the latest developments in the industry. Regular training promotes safe and efficient operation of cargo and strengthens Baltimore’s reputation as a “quality” port.

Labor works closely with other members of the port community, discussing mutual concerns with the trucking community, participating in joint marketing calls, and playing an active role in the influential Baltimore Port Alliance.

Further illustrating the cooperative spirit throughout the port, a one of a kind port-wide initiative know as the port's Quality Cargo Handling Action Team (QCHAT) was implemented. QCHAT is a collaborative approach to prevent any type of damage to our customers' cargo. The vision of the QCHAT initiative is to "set the standard for global quality and excellence in cargo handling at Maryland's Port of Baltimore." Labor plays a vital role in the success of QCHAT. Members participating in this initiative include representation from the following:

  • International Longshoremen Association (ILA)
  • Steamship Trade Association (STA)
  • Automobile & Ro/Ro Manufacturers
  • Stevedoring Companies
  • Steamship Lines
  • Processors
  • Terminal Operators
  • Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) representatives

Longshoremen and longshorewomen perform the most difficult work in the industry. But when it comes to your cargo, we can handle it.