The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A dispute between two unions is slowing work at the Port of Portland and disrupting some shipments.

The Oregonian reports ( a cargo ship that was scheduled to stop Wednesday in Portland will unload instead at Oakland, Calif.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are in a dispute with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers over who should plug-in and unplug refrigerated containers known as reefers.

The National Labor Relations Board may seek a court injunction to stop the slowdown.

Jim Cramer, administrator of the Oregon Department of Agriculture commodity inspection division, said agriculture shipments don't appear to be affected.

"It hasn't risen to the level of concern where we've been notified," he said.

-- The Capital Press contributed to this report.


Information from: The Oregonian,

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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