Longshore slowdown found at Port of Portland



PORTLAND — A National Labor Relations Board judge says the International Longshore and Warehouse Union intentionally slowed down work at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6.The decision Friday from administrative law judge Jeffrey D. Wedekind in San Francisco orders Local 8 and Local 40 affiliates in Portland to stop such conduct.

The Oregonian reports the union has been engaged in a dispute with ICTSI Oregon, the Philippine-owned conglomerate that operates Terminal 6 for the port under a 25-year lease. The union has blamed ICTSI for inefficiencies.

A message was left with the answering service for Local 8 seeking comment Sunday. Someone who answered the phone at Local 40 refused to comment and referred calls to the ILWU office in San Francisco where a message could not be left on Sunday.