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US court orders ILWU to pay out for Oregon disruption

US court orders ILWU to pay out for Oregon disruption

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been ordered by a US court to pay US$59,628 for ‘willfully and intentionally’ engaging in work stoppages and slowdowns in the Port of Portland.

The order comes after the ILWU’s Local 8 branch was judged to have breached a court injunction at International Container Terminal Services International’s (ICTSI) Oregon Terminal 6 between July 2012 and August 2013.

In a dispute between the ILWU and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) over which group would connect and monitor reefer containers, the former was found to have slowed down and stopped work to try to secure reefer work for its members.

Judge Michael Simon ruled that the union had acted unlawfully and ordered the ILWU to pay the attorney fees and expenses of the National Labour Relations Board in a contempt order, a sum of US$59,628 m.