Employers paid idle longshoremen $1M since June

Employers paid idle longshoremen $1M since June

West Coast employers have shelled out more than $1 million to Portland-area longshore union members for not working during lockouts.

An idled senior longshore union member who is available to work and meets other conditions of a Pay Guarantee Plan in the coast-wide labor contract can receive up to about $70,000 a year – far short of the low six-figure incomes received by many senior dockworkers. So-called casual workers, who have not become Class A or Class B longshoremen, aren’t eligible for the PGP payments, which come from a West Coast employers’ fund amounting to $20 million this year.

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