Supply Chain News / Risk & Compliance / Ports

Longshoremen Urge Judge Not to Find Them in Contempt

July 18, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Longshoremen, faced with a potential contempt-of-court finding by a federal judge, argue in legal briefs that productivity has been normal at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6.

Lawyers for the union hope to persuade U.S. District Judge Michael Simon not to issue a civil-contempt finding during a hearing in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012.

In filings, the union attorneys stop short of denying the existence of a July 4 slowdown alleged by the National Labor Relations Board's Seattle office. Instead, they present evidence to "refute the claim that ILWU Local 8 longshore workers engaged in a work slowdown on July 4, 2012, that was sufficiently egregious to have violated the terms of the temporary restraining order issued by the court on July 3, 2012."

NLRB officials in Seattle contend that a slowdown occurred in defiance of Simon's July 3 order banning them.

The legal briefs present the latest arguments related to a dispute between longshoremen and electricians over the rights to two jobs plugging, unplugging and monitoring refrigerated containers, or reefers. The standoff exacts a widening economic toll as shippers pay extra to route containers through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Exporters worry that shipping lines will permanently drop Portland.

The new filings come as controversies at Terminal 6 spread from electrical outlets to the giant cranes used to load and unload vessels at the North Portland terminal. When longshoremen didn't perform maintenance work recently to fix a crane, Port of Portland officials hired an outside company to do the job, said Bill Wyatt, Port executive director.

Wyatt said Tuesday that the Port had reordered a gear needed to repair a second crane after the initial part went missing. A lawyer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers told Simon last week that as with the reefer work, longshoremen no longer alert electricians when work needs doing.

Longshore lawyers say the NLRB's motion for contempt "seeks to improperly draw the court into the minutiae of daily, if not hourly, supervision and administration of operations at Terminal 6."

Oregon Area Arbitrator Jan Holmes wrote July 6: "Job action as well as production slowdowns against ICTSI have been ongoing and sporadic over the month. Such conditions are not acceptable."

Longshore lawyers cite various factors that slowed work during the first shift July 4, including holiday backup crane operators described as less skilled and experienced than regular operators.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety

Podcasts

Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions

                                         

More Podcasts

World Trade 100 Magazine

wt october 2014

2014 October

Check out the October 2014 edition of World Trade WT100, featuring our cover story: Logistics Drives Site Selection, plus much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Transportation Capacity

As peak season has gotten underway, what is your experience with transportation capacity?
View Results Poll Archive

WT100 STORE

world-class-warehousing.gif
World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling, 1st Edition

Filled with proven operational solutions, it will guide managers as they develop a warehouse master plan, one designed to minimize the effects of supply chain inefficiencies as it improves logistics accuracy and inventory management - and reduces overall warehousing expense.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Use our interactive maps to locate service providers across North America.Interactive Map

Logistics Development Partners 

IWLA Members