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Laziness At Terminal 6

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

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SEIU Watch

In a recent negotiation with a hospital, the SEIU-UHW admitted to using a proposed board salary restriction measure, given the somewhat ominous name Measure M, simply as a bargaining chip to get what it wanted in the contract. Kary Lynch, a union steward, and prior to his admission of the incident, former union spokesperson, came forward recently and admitted that the class-warfare style measure, designed to cap executive salaries at a district council, was used as a negotiating tool rather than for its expressed purpose of bringing parity between board salaries and entry-wage employees. The record shows that the union pushed hard until it got what it wanted out of the contract, at which point all union efforts in support of the Measure

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