LEWISTON -- A union fight over whose members should plug in refrigerated shipping containers in Oregon sent economic ripples 360 miles upstream to an Idaho port, where some shippers ditched river barges for trucks instead of waiting out the uncertainty.
Port of Lewiston manager David Doeringsfeld said this labor dispute between longshoremen and electrical workers that's caused a slowdown at the Port of Portland is definitely affecting container traffic in Lewiston.
One international shipper, Hanjin, won't call on Portland until the dispute is resolved. That has some of Doeringsfeld's customers concerned whether their containers will be loaded on ships.
As a result, they've pulled their Hanjin business from the river and trucked containers instead to ports on Washington's Puget Sound.
A federal judge set a Tuesday deadline for the unions to strike a deal.