Possible strike at the Port of Portland

Labor troubles at the Port of Portland continue to escalate and with the onset of a third labor-management scuffle, customers are starting to explore other options.
“Longshore security officers plan to strike at the port of Portland  on November 25th  if talks Friday don’t produce a contract”, reports  Oregon Live

The contract negotiation between port officials and the terminals security guards, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union  that have been quietly proceeding since July , will resume today.

In case of a strike , Terminal 6 as well as Terminal 2 and 4 will be closed. This will have a huge effect as these terminals are responsible for handling auto vessels, soda-ash exports, liquid bulks, other commodities and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges that maintain river channels essential for shipping.

The  executive director at the Port of Portland – Bill Wyatt, told commissioners this week  a strike is possible if the separate talks break down with representatives of 25 marine security officers in ILWU Local 28.

In two separate labor issues, talks between Northwest grain terminal managers and the ILWU are currently in federal arbitration and litigation springing from two contended reefer maintenance jobs at Portland’s Terminal 6 are ongoing.

Please be advised that the strike is not certain. The Port and security officers, who’ve been negotiating since June 30, 2011, might reach agreement today in a session with a mediator.

RCL Agenies Inc. will continue to monitor the situation and reports further updates once they are available