ORE. (December 13, 2012) – Port
Contract Agreement Approved for Marine Security Officers
the December 12 meeting, Port of Portland commissioners unanimously approved a
four-year collective bargaining agreement between the Port and the marine
security officers of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local
28. These officers work at marine terminals 2, 4 and 6.
an agreement before the strike deadline in late November averted potential
disruptions to the Port’s marine terminals. The agreement also resolved the
last open contract of the Port’s eight bargaining units.
are very pleased that an agreement was reached and feel our contract proposal
was not only fair but generous,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director for the
Port of Portland. “The goal throughout the negotiations was to ensure a fair
contract for our workers and minimize impacts to our customers.”
a year ago, the Port and the union entered into collective bargaining to
replace the agreement scheduled to expire on June 30, 2011. After holding 10
bargaining sessions between June 2011 and March 2012, and three mediation
sessions between May and October of 2012, the parties reached impasse and
submitted Final Offers in late October.
agreement was reached on the evening of Saturday, November 24, during a six
hour mediation session led by State Conciliator Bob Nightingale. The 25-member
security force for three of the Port’s public marine terminals then ratified
the agreement on December 4, which left it to Port Commissioners for final,
separate federal mediation process involving negotiations between the ILWU and
the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association is also ongoing. One of the
six association members is a tenant at Terminal 5, but the Port has no
involvement with those negotiations.
About the Port of Portland
Established in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of
Portland owns four marine terminals, three airports (Portland International,
Hillsboro, and Troutdale) and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is
to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by providing efficient
cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets.