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Baltimore stevedores' union sues International Longshoremen's Association and shippers' organization

Local 333 members during their 2013 strike.
(Patrick Pilkey)

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore (STA) were sued today in Maryland U.S. District Court by Baltimore's ILA Local 333, which accuses the union and the shippers' organization of colluding to the detriment of the local's members, who are predominantly African-American. The lawsuit specifically takes aim at the ILA's decision last fall to put Local 333 under trusteeship for alleged mismanagement, its refusal to recognize recently admitted members of the local, and "regular, continuing, and institutionalized acts of racial discrimination" committed against Local 333 by the ILA and STA, in violation of a 1971 federal court order designed to end such conduct.

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