The National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), ILWU Local 8, and ILWU Local 40 to cease and desist from a variety of activities at Terminal 6 in the Port of Portland that violate federal labour laws.
In a long-running dispute at the port’s only container terminal, ICTSI Oregon, the union has allegedly engaged in “slowdowns and work stoppages, and using threats and coercion to disrupt the operations”.
Elvis Ganda, CEO of ICTSI Oregon, said: “Hopefully, this decision will bring us one step closer to ending the ILWU’s orchestrated and illegal campaign to undermine the success of Terminal 6 and to convincing the shipping companies to return to the Port of Portland.”
He added: “A fully functioning, productive Terminal 6 is critical to the regional economy and benefits local businesses, importers, exporters, farmers and workers across various industries—including rank-and-file ILWU longshoremen who have suffered a substantial loss of work as a result of their leaderships’ actions.”
In April 2015, the disruption saw Terminal 6’s its two biggest users, shipping lines Hanjin Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd, end vessel calls at the facility.
In July, the terminal handled a vessel for the first time since April when a ship from Westwood Shipping Lines arrived in Portland.