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International Longshoremen's Association

Baltimore longshoremen elect new leaders to retake control of union from international trustee

Baltimore longshoremen elect new leaders to retake control of union from international trustee

More than 18 months after the International Longshoremen's Association seized control of its largest Baltimore local, the union is poised to end its strict oversight of Local 333 after the local elected new leaders last week.

The ILA imposed a trusteeship on Local 333 in December 2014 amid acrimonious contract talks with the employers of the workers who load and unload ships in the port of Baltimore. It came after a year of infighting and accusations that local officers mishandled the union's finances and stacked membership rolls in their favor.

In a secret ballot election Thursday, ILA Local 333 members voted to make Scott Cowan its new president. He and four other new...