Port of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore.–

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) petitioned the federal district court for Oregon to hold the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt.

The Court ordered the Union back in 2012 not to use slowdown tactics against the International Container Terminal Services, Inc., or ICTSI.

Now ICTSI alleges, in an affidavit signed by the NLRB, that the Longshoremen’s Union is engaging in slowdown tactics at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to put pressure on ICTSI. These tactics include showing up late, leaving early, and operating slowly, according to the affidavit.

NLRB is demanding that the court impose stiff fines of $25,000 per Union official, plus additional penalties for every day that their order is not complied with.

The conflict comes out of Governor Kitzhaber’s intervention last December, in which ICTSI agreed to give certain jobs plugging and unplugging reefers at Terminal 6 to members of the Longshoremen’s Union.

ICTSI has since backed out of this agreement and given those jobs to members of the Electrical Union instead, citing rising costs.

A spokesperson for ICTSI Oregon said the company hopes the NLRB’s action “helps improve productivity at Terminal 6.”

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