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BALTIMORE (WJZ) - It's day two of a longshoreman strike. A union dispute has stopped all operations at Port of Baltimore-one of the busiest in the nation. The impact on Maryland could be massive.

Alex DeMetrick reports the longshoreman's strike could have a long range impact if it drags on; shippers need reliable labor.

All cruise ship operations are normal.

There's a cargo hold at the Port of Baltimore. The International Longshoremen's Association is on strike. Negotiations between Local 333 and the Steamship Trade Association broke down. When they did, the workers walked out.

"We want a contract that's going to be conducive for the, as you can see behind me, some of our working men and women here in the Port of Baltimore," said Aaron Barnett, Local 333 vice president.

On the table, a number of issues ranging from safety to wages.


The Port of Baltimore is the ninth busiest in the nation, and it has a $6 billion impact on Maryland.

Read more about the potential impact of the strike here: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/10/17/strike-at-port-of-baltimore-could-have-huge-md-impact/