The Port of Baltimore is closed. In fact, there are locks on the gates.
Members of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) Local 333 say a strike began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
"No contract, no work!" union members shouted as they lines streets around the port.
It's a strike that impacts all facets of the port, leaving only one option -- a shutdown. The Port of Baltimore was the only port from Maine to Texas not working Wednesday. Union members say things will stay that way -- as long as it takes -- to get a contract they believe to fair.
The strike comes amidst contract negotiations between the union and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, a company that represents the management at the port.
Charles Gibbs is a longtime longshoreman. He's been working on the waterfront since 1978. He says compensation needs to reflect a job that is not steady and quite dangerous.
"The man's life is in jeopardy on a regular basis as far as the kind of work that is done and as far as that salary. Income is not based on what some people think," Gibbs said.
About 1,300 longshoremen are on the picket lines fighting for what they believe to be right.
Ships are currently in a holding pattern at the port. Richard Scher with the Maryland Port Administration says if a resolution is met, reworking ships in and out of the port could be arranged within a day or two. If the strike lasts longer than a few days, he says that estimate on how quickly patterns could be adjusted would need to be re-evaluated.
* ABC2's Katrina Bush contributed to this report.
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