Kitzhaber works to keep Hanjin Shipping

Kitzhaber works to keep Hanjin Shipping

Gov. Kitzhaber is trying to get the Port of Portland, unions and employers to work together to keep Hanjin Shipping from abandoning Portland.

Kitzhaber virtually knocked heads together during secret Nov. 22 talks in Portland’s World Trade Center, warning participants beforehand in a letter that Hanjin’s scheduled departure at year’s end would be “a severe blow to Oregon’s economic recovery, one that will produce effects throughout the state for years to come.”

Key to reaching a deal among the warring parties would be finally ending acrimony over the equivalent of two infamous jobs plugging, unplugging and monitoring refrigerated containers, or reefers, at the Port’s container terminal.

Read more at OregonLive.com.