Work at Port of Portland's container terminal stopped again as longshore union … – OregonLive.com
Dock workers at the Port of Portland are not working Monday as part of a protest against Terminal 6 operator ICTSI. The local union stopped worked Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is doing so again Monday.
ICTSI, along with 28 other West Coast ports, suspended all loading and unloading of vessels on Saturday and Sunday. The Pacific Maritime Association, which is a coalition of the West Coast port operators, called for the halt, saying that ICTSI and other port operators couldn’t afford to pay workers for “diminished productivity.”
So, by the end of day Monday, Terminal 6 will have been essentially closed for business for four days.
Meanwhile, the largest container shipping line for the terminal, has a ship waiting to be unloaded.
Hoping normal operations would resume, Port officials wanted workers to unload the ship Monday.
The Hanjin Copenhagen ship at the Rivergate Industrial District will either have to wait for work to start again or reroute to a nearby port.
The local longshore union told ICTSI that the workers are demonstrating grievances over three days when ICTSI officials sent workers home.
“The ILWU again utilized the incidents of January 29, January 30 and February 2, 2015, when its members were released due to woefully low productivity, as the excuse for engaging in the current work stoppage,” said ICTSI Oregon chief executive Elvis Ganda in a statement.
— Molly Harbarger