ILWU defends itself against 'slowdown' charge
Terminals should be blamed for labor shortages on West Coast, union officials say.
By Eric Kulisch |Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is being made a scapegoat for pervasive congestion at key West Coast ports, when terminal operators and their inefficient practices should be blamed instead, two union representatives said at an industry conference Tuesday.
The decline in productivity that broke out six weeks ago at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma was caused by marine terminals arbitrarily sending work crews home and not a slowdown by the union to gain leverage in the talks, ILWU Legislative Director Lindsay McLaughlin, who was in the audience, said when questions about labor’s role in congestion were raised.