Port’s container terminal founders as longshore turmoil spreads

Operations at Portland’s international container terminal, a workhorse of Oregon’s economy, appear increasingly tenuous as a third labor conflict surfaces and big customers waver.

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Little-known contract talks between the Port of Portland and the terminal’s security guards, represented by the longshore union, reenter mediation Friday.

A breakdown in the talks, which have dragged on since July 1, could disable not only the troubled container yard but two other Port terminals.

Separately, contentious contract talks continue with a federal mediator between the longshore union and owners of Northwest grain terminals. The grain talks and the security-guard negotiations are distinct from yet another, better known dispute that broke out last summer involving work with refrigerated containers.

Read more in today’s Oregonian.

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