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Unrest is spreading across US container ports, it seems. While on the east and Gulf coasts, unions and employers are due to sit down for negotiations at the end of June, over on the west coast the ILWU is kicking up a fuss in Portland over who should handle reefer cargo which, in a suitably bizarre twist has pitched the union and employer group Pacific Maritime Association, against PMA member International Container Terminal Service Inc and the National Labour Relations Board.

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