Despite deal, Port of Portland terminal hurting

Port of Portland still experiencing union-management differences

Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, Sept. 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, Sept. 2, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The settlement of contract negotiations at West Coast ports didn’t resolve the union-management differences that are hurting the container business at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6.

The last vessel from the South Korean company that had the bulk of the business at Terminal 6 left this week. Now, port officials say they’re looking for shippers to take up the slack, but that may take some time.

The longshore union says the terminal is poorly managed. The company that leases it from the port says the union is deliberately slowing the pace of work.

The Oregonian reports that with the West Coast contract talks done, the port’s executive director, Bill Wyatt, is now hoping to get help from other port operators to resolve the Portland dispute.

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