Port of Portland’s latest labor issue: Honduras

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Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross a picket line established by Central American port workers.

The container terminal at the Port of Portland is operated by ICTSI Oregon, Inc., subsidiary of a Philippines-based company that operates a port in Honduras that has had a labor-management dispute.

Union members from Honduras established a picket line in Portland on Tuesday and local longshoremen honored it.

An International Longshore & Warehouse Union spokeswoman says longshoremen have a contractual right to not cross picket lines.

Turmoil between the ILWU and ICTSI Oregon has not ceased in two years, and it’s one reason why Hanjin Shipping — the port’s most important container carrier — is threatening to abandon Portland.

ICTSI Oregon CEO Elvis Ganda says the union’s latest action demonstrates its continued intent to drive Hanjin out of Portland and close the container yard.