Port of Portland dispute backs up cargo

Port of Portland dispute backs up cargo

Longshoremen and electrical workers in a labor dispute at the Port of Portland have backed up cargo across the Northwest during the last two weeks.

The argument over plugging in "reefers," or refrigerated shipping containers, pits longshoremen against electrical workers, backing up millions of dollars worth of cargo around the Northwest.

At least one foreign container ship skipped Portland as a result, misdirecting imports and stranding exports. Some perishable products sent to the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 for shipping might stink by the time they reach foreign ports.

No relief is in sight until the National Labor Relations Board rules on the case, which could come as soon as this week.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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