Jury awards $93.6 million for disruptive labour practices

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A federal jury has awarded $93.6 million to ICTSI Oregon, the former operator of the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, after members of the ILWU engaged in illegal work practices such as work slowdowns and stoppages between May 2012 – August 2013. After productivity at the terminal plummeted, shipping lines including Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Sud stopped calling Portland, and the port eventually ended its lease with ICTSI Oregon. It was determined that the actions taken by the ILWU constituted unlawful labour practices which lead to the shut down of the terminal in 2017. Attorneys for the ILWU have asked US District Court Judge Michael Simon to delay entering the judgment against the union until Nov. 12, saying it would impose a heavy burden on the union, possibly bankrupting it.


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