Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the operator at Port of Portland is accusing the ILWU local of engaging in an illegal work stoppage.
The tentative labor agreement was announced between the Pacific Maritime Association and the ILWU on Friday. But on Monday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates Terminal 6, said the local union is not making a good faith effort to increase productivity to acceptable levels there.
But Jennifer Sargent, a spokeswoman for the local IWLU union, said, “The statements that ICTSI made to the media about work stoppages were, as usual, self-serving and inaccurate. ICTSI arbitrarily fired entire crews of workers this week and then complained that no one was working. The fact is, ICTSI is failing to thrive in the United States because of its own managerial shortcomings, and desperately trying to blame others for its own mistakes. ICTSI’s poor decisions and rogue attitude have chased away two major customers in Portland and alienated their peers in the industry. If ICTSI spent as much time improving operations as they spend complaining to the media, our region would have a more productive container terminal by now.”