A U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday denied most of the requests by waterfront employers that the court take action against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for alleged work slowdowns at the Port of Portland.
Judge Michael Simon upheld an earlier preliminary injunction barring disruptive actions by the ILWU pending a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, which last month initiated its own proceedings in this case.
However, Judge Simon refused to take action on several other motions from the port’s terminal operator, ICTSI, and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents waterfront employers at West Coast ports.
He ruled that claims of low productivity by ICTSI, on their own, do not violate the court’s previous temporary restraining order. Leal Sundet, an ILWU coast committeeman, said this ruling is a victory for the union.