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Port, guards avert Sunday strike


Other labor problems continue to loom

A last-minute settlement agreement averted a Sunday strike by security guards at the Port of Portland.

The agreement must still be ratified by the 25 guards represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 28 and the Port of Portland Commission.

The agreement was reached with the assistance of State Conciliator Bob Nightingale. It includes assurances by the Port that Local 28 guards will continue to perform their current duties at Terminal 2, 4 and 6 for the duration of the union's contract, which runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015.

“We are very pleased that an agreement was reached,” said Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt. “The Port feels its contract proposal was not only fair but generous.”

“We took a stand against the outsourcing because Portland working families can’t afford to lose any more good-paying jobs,” said Angie Dahlgren, a security officer who served as chair of her union's negotiating committee.

According to the Port, the threat of a strike prompted Honda to divert a Portland-bound ship carrying 2,000 cars to another port, costing the regional economy approximately $500,000.

The Port is still in negotiations with the ILWU over another contract that has the potential to result in a strike, however.