ILWU and Portland Terminal settle dispute

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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and International Container Terminal Services settled a more than-decade’s long dispute involving the operation of Portland, Oregon’s sole container terminal which forced the ILWU to file for bankruptcy in September 2023. ICTSI, which alleged it had lost millions of dollars in business due to “unlawful labour actions,” will receive $20.5 million under the terms of the settlement. The dispute was an inter-union rivalry that has also more recently appeared in Seattle. Electricians from rival union IBEW Local 48 were assigned the job of plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers, a job the ILWU asserted should be handled by its members while handling and moving containers in Portland.

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