Longshore workers still paid when they don't work

Longshore workers still paid when they don't work

A contract provision requires the employers' group to establish a $20 million annual fund to pay idle union members.

The extraordinary practice of paying longshore workers who aren’t working also may help explain why a longshore lockout by Portland-area grain terminals has lasted almost a year with no sign of resolution. Portland longshore workers have received $547,000 – more than a quarter of amounts paid for not working along the entire West Coast – since July 1, when the fiscal year began.

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