Longshoremen win port jobs

Longshoremen win port jobs

Gov. Kitzhaber assigned two disputed Port of Portland jobs to longshoremen, hoping to keep Hanjin from abandoning the city.

The disagreement ignited a slowdown in the summer of 2012 that backed up truck traffic outside the port and disrupted businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Though productivity has improved, port officials say it hasn’t returned to pre-dispute levels, and that factored into a recent decision by Hanjin Shipping Co. to stop visiting Portland early next year.

Hanjin handles 78 percent of the port’s container business, and it’s hoped the company will have a change of heart if productivity improves.

Read more at The Register-Guard.