PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The longshore union says the conclusion that workers are intentionally slowing down work at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 is “absurd and wrong.”

In a statement Sunday from San Francisco, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said following a ruling from a National Labor Relations Board judge would conflict with safety standards and put lives at risk.

The union is contesting Friday’s decision, which is non-binding until it is adopted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Administrative law judge Jeffrey D. Wedekind in San Francisco ordered Local 8 and Local 40 affiliates in Portland to stop slowdowns in their dispute with ICTSI Oregon, the Philippine-owned conglomerate that operates Terminal 6.

Among other things, The Oregonian reported, the dispute involves which union should be plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers.


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