ILWU: what do the lessons of Portland tell us?

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The question springs to mind, how it has come to this, a union compelled to file for bankruptcy over the dogged pursuit of getting two employees, already union members, to switch their allegiance to the ILWU?

A quick recap: the dispute goes as far back as 2012 and is between the ILWU, for the reasons stated, and international terminal operator, Manila-headquartered International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), the then operator of the Portland’s Terminal 6 container facility.

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