This article originated in the LA Times so I suppose there wasn’t as much danger of angering the local union mafiosos. I can’t help feeling a high level of schadenfreude about the possibility of the Longshoremen going bankrupt.
The point that the article fails to mention, however, is the impact this has had on Portland traffic. All of those containers that used to be loaded and unloaded here now go into Seattle or San Francisco and then run up and down I-5. And that freeway at the south end of the city (Wilsonville) suddenly started experiencing daily gridlock in 2015, continuing to today. Prior to that traffic jams were rare there. I’ve been ranting about this for several years but so often people just give me a blank stare, not having a clue what I’m talking about.