Jury awards $93.6 million to former operator of Port of Portland container terminal

A federal jury has awarded $93.6 million to ICTSI Oregon, the former operator of the Port of Portlands Terminal 6, after members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) engaged in illegal work practices such as work slowdowns and stoppages.

According to the Portland Oregonian newspaper, attorneys for the ILWU asked U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon to delay entering the judgment against the union until Nov. 12.

ICTSI Oregon, a subsidiary of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc., (ICT:PM) managed Terminal 6 for the Port of Portland from 2011 to 2017. It was the ports main container terminal.

A dispute arose with the ILWU after the union contended that its members should be performing reefer work at the terminal. This included plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers and monitoring the equipment. The work had been performed by members of a different union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

ICTSI said it did not have the authority as to who performed the reefer work and that the Port of Portland retained control over the work.

At prior proceedings it was determined that the ILWU and its Local 8 had engaged in unlawful job actions between May 21, 2012, and Aug. 13, 2013, over the reefer work dispute.

Based on earlier proceedings, Judge Simon said the court accepted as proven fact that between June 1 and June 10, 2012, ILWU members engaged in slowdowns, work stoppages, safety gimmicks and other acts with the ob....

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