Employers at the port of Baltimore have asked a federal judge to force a local longshoremen's union to pay them more than $3.8 million in damages from a three-day strike last year.
The lawsuit is the latest escalation in a long-standing labor contract dispute that has dragged down the port's international reputation, forced cargo diversions and brought high-level union and employer representatives to Baltimore to negotiate in recent months.
An arbitrator had ruled that the union owed the money, but it has yet to pay. Two employer organizations filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week.
What the lawsuit will mean for the ongoing contract negotiations is...