Federal labor board rules against union in Port spat

Longshoreman union intentionally slowed operations, board says.

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The longshoreman union at the center of the Port of Portland dispute intentionally slowed operations in 2012, a federal labor board has ruled.

The decision does not signal the end of the dispute for the International Longshoreman Workers Association.

“The ILWU will be promptly filing an appeal with the federal circuit court and, if necessary, the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Sundet in a statement.”We expect a better hearing of our arguments and certainly more consideration of the law when we get before the appeals court.”

For followers of the case, the issue seems like it might never die. The longshoremen and port operator ICTSI Oregon have been clashing for years, starting shortly after the Port of Portland hired ICTSI Oregon to take over operations at its container terminal.

In 2012, longshoremen claimed ICTSI Oregon should give two jobs plugging, unplugging and monitoring refrigerated containers to them, taking the work away from an electricians union.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

Read the full ruling here.

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