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Judge Tells Longshore Union to
Pay $60,000 in Portland Dispute

by Associated Press
Register-Guard, March 11, 2015

A fully loaded Hanjin freighter passed underneath the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The Port of Portland lost nearly 80 percent of its container traffic Feb. 12, 2015, when the world's ninth-largest shipping line, Hanjin, decided to withdraw amid labor strife.(Mark Graves photo) PORTLAND -- A federal judge has ordered the longshore union to pay nearly $60,000 to the National Labor Relations Board for violating a court order to resume normal operations at the Port of Portland's container terminal.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled in December that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union continued to slow work even after a court order to get back to normal speed. On Monday, he set the amount owed for government lawyer fees.

The action is part of the long-running struggle between the union and the port's terminal operator that may cost the port much of its container business, The Oregonian reports .

The terminal operator, ICTSI Oregon, says ruling shows the union there is a cost to its actions. The union maintained it wasn't at fault.

Related Pages:
Port of Portland, Longshore Union Still Trading Blame, Barbs as Rest of West Goes Back to Work by Molly Harbarger, The Oregonian, 2/24/15

Associated Press
Judge Tells Longshore Union to Pay $60,000 in Portland Dispute
Register-Guard, March 11, 2015

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