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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of productive contract talks, both parties concluded negotiations on Friday afternoon.

No talks will take place from July 28 to Aug. 1 so that the ILWU can resume [...]

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United Grain operations slow at Port of Vancouver after Gov. Inslee pulls security escorts

”The governor’s decision to stop providing taxpayer-subsidized public security services to the foreign-owned grain companies was a positive step,” said ILWU spokesperson Jennifer Sargent. She said union negotiators are continuing to meet with United Grain, Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities over the terms of a new contract. ILWU Local 4 workers have been [...]

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U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

The grain storage bags, which are about 300-foot (91-m) long and 10 feet in diameter, are common on the Argentine Pampas but until recently a rare sight in the U.S. Midwest, where the expansion of big elevators and 50-foot high silos has generally kept pace with ever-expanding crops. REUTERS/Loftness Specialized Equipment/Handout

As U.S. farmers turn [...]

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TEMCO grain terminal expansion on track for fall completion, officials say

The renovation will add new docks, a new shipping system, new rail and barge unloading machinery and new systems for cleaning wheat and other grains, Butters said. Butters said the improved terminal could handle up to 200 million bushels of grain per year, as much as Temco’s Tacoma terminal. Bill Wagner Photo / The [...]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on [...]

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Dockworkers plan to resume negotiations Wednesday

From The Columbian:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association said in a joint statement Friday that they would engage in negotiations on a long-standing labor dispute with grain terminal operators in the Pacific Northwest.

The statement was included in a news release stating that the two parties are taking [...]

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Canadian Pacific logs best-ever quarterly financial results

Increases were led by U.S. and Canadian grain. Excerpts from Progressive Railroading:

Canadian Pacific this week announced its second-quarter financial results were the strongest-ever quarterly results in the railroad’s history.

Total revenue climbed 12 percent to $1.7 billion, operating income jumped 40 percent to $587 million and reported net income soared 48 percent to $371 [...]

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PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

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SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]

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Mid-Columbia Producers joins Northwest grain marketing alliance

McCoy Grain Terminal, Rosalia, WA. The partnership covers the lower Columbia River, from The Dalles, Ore., to Arlington, Ore. In Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, it covers from the Snake River to Canada.

The McCoy Grain Terminal in Rosalia, Wash., owned by Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative (PNW) and Cooperative Agricultural Producers, Inc., or CoAg, [...]

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Maritime union radio ads take on Northwest grain lockout

Mitsui-United Grain and Marubeni-Columbia Grain are operating with scab labor during the multinationals’ lockout of ILWU workers. Pictured here: Scab barge at UGC in Vancouver, WA.

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian:

Two maritime unions said [...]

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FMCS Statement on Labor Negotiations Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest grain handlers:

“Negotiators for the Grain Group and the ILWU met on July 8 and 9 under the auspices of the FMCS. Negotiations have recessed and [...]

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Longshore union shifts focus to Northwest grain handlers talks

ILWU members on the picket line during grain lockout. Photo by the Oregonian.

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, whose members operate West Coast ports, are on a three-day break so the union can negotiate with a group of Northwest grain handlers.

The union is bargaining with [...]

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Ag shippers uneasy; backlog unrelated to negotiations

In an article titled ‘Terminal operators, union negotiating new pact,’ the Capital Press reports:

Exporters of farm products are getting nervous due to the expiration of a labor contract between the longshoremen’s union and West Coast container terminal operators.

While the negotiations continue, ag shippers are uneasy about the prospects of a possible trade disruption, [...]

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Judge: Longshoremen violated court order by blocking grain barges

The men and women of the ILWU have exported America’s grain from Pacific Northwest terminals since 1934. They are currently locked out of Japanese-owned facilities in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

The ILWU has violated a court order for the second time by blocking grain shipments, according to a [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks resume next week in Canada

Twelve country officials involved in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations plan to meet in Ottawa from July 3 to 12 to iron out outstanding issues like tariffs and intellectual property rights.

The 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, initially sought to meet in [...]

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