Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Local 40 is asking a judge to order Columbia Grain, also known as Willamette Stevedoring, to enter arbitration with the union, says the lawsuit, dated Tuesday.
The federal lawsuit says Local 40 filed a grievance Jan. 21 challenging lost work under their contract. “Specifically,” the lawsuit says, “the Union alleged that [...]
From Oregon Public Broadcasting:
The Port of Portland approved a plan Wednesday to pay shipping companies to continue calling at the port. The total payout is capped at one million dollars.
Port spokesman Josh Thomas says it’s needed to offset the cost increases and productivity losses that are happening as a result of the dispute [...]
The Columbian today published an informative article by reporter Aaron Corvin. A link to the full article follows.
The union negotiating team is unanimously recommending that members of longshore union locals — which include ILWU Local No. 4 in Vancouver, home to 203 longshore workers — vote “no,’ according to a statement issued by Leal [...]
As a strike looms, Oregon’s state conciliator plans to hold last-ditch talks Saturday between longshore security guards and the Port of Portland.
State Conciliator Robert Nightingale said Monday he would mediate talks in an attempt to avert a strike scheduled by Port security officers.
If no agreement is reached, Local 28 of the International Longshore [...]
From today’s Oregonian:
Longshore security officers plan to strike at the Port of Portland Nov. 25 if talks Friday don’t produce a contract. The move would freeze millions of dollars worth of freight including shipping containers, autos, steel, commodities and bulk cargo.
A strike by just 25 officers who work at the gates of [...]
Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet commented on recent issues at ICTSI, the private, Philippines-based terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland two years ago. Excerpts from the Oregonian:
Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.
Excerpts from Friday’s Journal of Commerce:
As member of waterfront employers group, ICTSI should have told PMA of IBEW contract, McKenna says
Jim McKenna, president of the West Coast waterfront employers group known as the Pacific Maritime Association, said the lawsuit involving the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Port of Portland “is not [...]
Excerpts from the Portland Business Journal:
The Port of Portland Commission on Wednesday approved paying up to $4.6 million to the company that operates the Terminal 6 container yard to cover excess costs associated with an ongoing labor dispute involving longshore workers.
The decision was almost immediately criticized by the International Warehouse and Longshore Union, [...]
Thursday’s decision by a Federal District Court in Portland validates the ILWU’s view that longshoremen are being unfairly blamed for carriers leaving the Port of Portland in recent weeks, when the real offender is Philippines-based ICTSI.
ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet said:
We respect the court and Judge Simon, and appreciate that he can see [...]
PORTLAND, OR (July 19, 2012) – After hearing four hours of testimony today, Judge Michael Simon rejected the bid of ICTSI and the Port of Portland to intervene in the micromanagement of waterfront operations. He rejected three of the four motions in federal court today, saying that claims of low productivity, standing alone, don’t violate [...]
From the Oregonian:
Today the bitter legal battle lands in U.S. District Court, where Judge Michael Simon will decide whether to hold the longshoremen in civil contempt. Even if he does, the union can win the war, judging by a recent case in Longview, Wash., where longshoremen shrugged off a federal contempt citation and got [...]
In its regular feature called “Hotseat,” the Willamette Week interviewed Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet and published parts of the interview:
The Willamette Week came to ILWU Local 8 to interview Sundet about the port dispute.
Leal Sundet says it’s bad enough that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is getting a raw deal at [...]
From the Journal of Commerce on July 4:
A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from engaging in work slowdowns at the Port of Portland’s container terminal.
An agreement announced Tuesday by all of the parties in the dispute clears the way for [...]
More in the Portland Business Journal
From the Oregonian:
Longshoremen worked at slightly increased speed Sunday afternoon to send Portland’s last container ship in a while on its way, a Port of Portland spokesman said.
Josh Thomas said workers at Terminal 6 still faced a shortage of equipment for loading and unloading the Hanjin Madrid, a 51,000-ton ship delivering containers of [...]