Portland prepares for union strikes
It has been reported that the Port of Portland has requested an emergency injunction from a Multnomah county judge in a bid to stop a union strike, due to take place on Sunday.
Marine terminal security guards, who are represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), plan to go on strike because of failed contract negotiations. Port officials argued that the strikes, which are expected to close three terminals, will cause significant economic loss to the region.
In a general statement issued by the Port, officials said: “The port has been in communication with shipping companies and terminal tenants that would be impacted. Shipping lines are now assessing their schedules and evaluating a range of options that may include by-passing the Port of Portland call, or advancing the timing of a call.”
“The port is very disappointed that an agreement with Local 28 has not been reached. The marine security personnel are Port of Portland staff with a long tenure of service excellence. We believe our collective bargaining to have been conducted in good faith with fair and equitable terms.”
South Koran vessel, Hanjin Geneva remains on schedule to arrive Sunday evening.
A meeting with a state government mediator is planned for Saturday in the hope of preventing the strike.
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