Long Beach, Calif. – The head of the longshore labor union in Portland, Ore., said Tuesday he will work in “partnership” with a new terminal operator to improve productivity at the Port of Portland.
“We plan on doing the best job that organized labor can do,” Jeff Smith, head of the Portland local of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, told the 11th annual Journal of Commerce Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference here.
“Rest assured, we will give you the productivity levels you need to do your business in Portland,” Smith said.
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Smith spoke after Enrique K. Razon, chairman and president of the International Container Terminal Services, described in his opening address for the event’s second day how the Philippines-based global terminal operator hopes to get the most from its first investment in the United States.
ICTSI last month signed a 25-year lease to take over operations at the port’s Terminal 6, a container and breakbulk facility. ICTSI paid $8 million to close the deal and will pay $4.5 million annually to the Pacific Northwest port.
Razon said he plans to bring the efficiencies and productivity it uses at other ports around the world to the Portland terminal and said he has worked with the ILWU on his plans.
“We will be heavily focused on dramatically increasing productivity over a short period of time,” Razon said.
Speaking from the audience, Smith confirmed the ILWU has been working with ICTSI on work plans for the terminal and sees the effort as “a partnership by the ILWU Portland and ICTSI.”
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