Port of Portland to pay $10 a container to retain shipping lines

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Port of Portland will pay shipping lines $10 each container to keep shipping lines here despite longshore labor disputes.

Port commissioners voted 7-2 Wednesday in favor of the payments to ocean carriers, up to a total $1 million, on top of subsidizing the company that operates Portland's embattled container yard.

The West Coast longshore union quickly condemned the payments, and denied responsibility for slowdowns at the North Portland terminal. The Port is squandering public resources and scapegoating union members, who continue to work productively, longshore leaders said.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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