The Port of Portland said it will terminate the contract of a company that had employed members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to monitor, plug-in, and unplug refrigerated containers.
In a letter to the president of Local 8 of the ILWU in Portland, Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland, said the port authority had made the decision because of poor productivity at its Terminal 6 (T6) container facility.
The port said the work would be returned to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
In his letter, Wyatt stated, as part of an agreement facilitated by Gov. John Kitzhaber, the port temporarily assigned the refrigerated container work to the ILWU "with the expectation that container terminal productivity at T6 would improve to recent historical and acceptable levels."
Instead, "container productivity at T6 has actually declined since the work was temporarily assigned," he said.
Wyatt also said a review of the terminal's crane and rolling stock availability and maintenance showed that they were not "primary cause of the continued low terminal productivity."