In 2010 when ICTSI Oregon, the company that operates Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, first took over operations, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union put on a happy face and welcomed the company with open arms. Since then, the two have been involved in a major dispute over who would be responsible for plugging and unplugging the power cords on reefers (refrigerated containers). Last December, the decision was made to reassign those jobs from members of the electrical union to longshore workers.
Since that decision was made, the Port’s general manager and ICTSI’s manager at Terminal 6 have both filed affidavit’s with the NLRB claiming that productivity has severely decreased, estimating that the performance cost for this operation has tripled from $300,000 a year when the Electrical Workers were responsible to $900,000 a year now that ILWU has taken over.
The union has continued to ignore the 2012 court order requesting them to end the slowdowns – things like snail-paced crane operations, showing up late for shifts, and walking off jobs – spurring NLRB regional director Ronald Hooks to ask a federal judge to declare the organization in contempt and to fine them $25,000 a piece.
In other union shenanigans, two members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers union pled guilty to five arson-related charges, in addition to RICO conspiracy charges, and extortion under the Hobbs Act. Combined, they are looking at 150 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines – all in an attempt to force local businesses to hire union labor.