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 January 29, 2015       

 

ILWU workers walk off job at container terminal in Portland

ICTSI Oregon says actions against it are "far beyond ‎what other West Coast ports are experiencing."

By Chris Dupin |

ICTSI Oregon, Inc., which operates Terminal 6, the container terminal in the Port of Portland, said the ILWU has escalated actions against its facility, "far beyond ‎what other West Coast ports are experiencing."
Michael Garone, an attorney for the company, issued a statement that said on Tuesday, "the ILWU ordered a 12-hour work stoppage ‎commencing at 7:00 a.m."
On Wednesday, it said ILWU members "worked during the morning, but walked off ‎the job without notice at 1:15 p.m. Work stoppages like this cause serious hardship to truckers, ‎shippers, and the general public.‎
"During the busy 2014 holiday season, ILWU ‎engaged in approximately 36 work stoppages and slowdowns of various types and for varying ‎durations. Similar efforts, along with intentional labor shortages, have continued into the first ‎month of 2015," Garone added.
ICTSI, which is headquartered in Manila in the Philippines, said "productivity at Terminal 6 continues to fall well below acceptable historical levels. In ‎May 2012, prior to the labor dispute which arose in June 2012, ILWU labor was producing ‎approximately 24.8 moves per hour. However, in the last quarter of 2014, ILWU labor was ‎producing at only approximately 13.2 moves per hour — a roughly 47 percent reduction. This level of ‎production is far below industry as well as Terminal 6 standards.
"Terminal 6 is the only international shipping container terminal in Oregon. As such, it is a ‎powerful economic engine to the region that offers significant benefits to thousands of ‎businesses, workers and consumers. For this reason, the ILWU’s deliberate and continuous work ‎delays since June 2012 threaten the terminal’s future viability as a critical hub of regional ‎economic activity. For the sake of the state’s long-term economic well-being, ICTSI Oregon, ‎Inc. strongly encourages the ILWU to end its work stoppages, slowdowns and labor shortages, ‎and increase port productivity to historical levels,‎" the terminal operator said.

 

Our regulatory experts are monitoring the situation and keeping a close eye on labor negotiations, which began on May 12, 2014. In the meantime we are checking shipment status on a daily/hourly basis to see where our client’s cargo stands in movement towards its final destination. While we can’t control the situation we can keep you informed.

 

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