The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Saturday issued a rebuke of a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling claiming it’s been employing delay tactics to slow operations at the Port of Portland’s container terminal as part of an ongoing labor dispute.
The ILWU, though, on Saturday said the NLRB ruling was one-sided, based only on ICTSI’s side of the story “that has not yet been tested by a judge of any kind.”
It also denied that it is engaged in an intentional work slowdown, saying Friday’s production at T6 was “well within the norm,” while placing the blame for any delays on the shoulders of ICTSI. Steamship lines are also members of the Pacific Maritime Association and have asked ICTSI to comply with the longshore union’s labor pact.
“ICTSI has refused their instructions,” the ILWU wrote. “If steamship companies leave Portland it is because of ICTSI, not the ILWU.”