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Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators; WA governor welcomes news

Excerpts from the Columbian:

Union workers who handle cargo at grain export terminals in Vancouver and other Northwest ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Tuesday. The tally was 88.4 percent in favor, with 1,475 in favor and 193 [...]

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Longshore workers’ grain agreement heralds return to work

News release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation:

United States longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals voted on 26 August to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies.

ITF affiliate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had accused the global grain giants of attacking an 80-year-old [...]

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Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

Excerpts from Agri-Pulse:

“This new collective bargaining agreement is welcome news for the workers and the three grain facilities that are part of the Northwest Grain Agreement. It is also great news for Washington’s internationally acclaimed grain industry,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee in a statement.

“I am grateful that the lockout’s disruption to the [...]

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Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies NW Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, Ore., and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 in Seattle, [...]

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Appeals court says grain elevator can’t be forced to handle GMO corn

In an article called ”Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute,” the Capital Press reports:

The Syngenta biotech firm can’t use a century-old warehouse law to force a grain elevator company to accept its genetically engineered corn, according to a federal appeals court.

The ruling will likely preclude other biotech seed companies from using [...]

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Bunge plans east Australia port, offers more competition for GrainCorp

A subsidiary of U.S. firm Bunge Limited plans to build a port terminal on Australia’s east coast, boosting competition for the country’s largest agribusiness, GrainCorp Ltd.

“The regulation of our ports means that GrainCorp as an Australian-based company is increasingly disadvantaged against the much larger multinationals behind competing ports,” said a GrainCorp spokesperson, referring to [...]

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Sign of the Times: Holding greedy corporations harmless

David Groves at The Stand writes:

On Thursday, rather than congratulating all parties involved [for reaching a tentative agreement] — perhaps even the governor for his role in helping prompt the apparent resolution of a long, contentious dispute — The Seattle Times editorialized that it was a “close call” and chastised Inslee for the fourth [...]

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ILWU, PNW grain terminals reach tentative agreement

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

An ILWU spokeswoman said each local will vote on the agreement according to its own rules, and the results will be announced on Aug. 25.

The grain contract is separate from the coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association that have been underway since May [...]

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Inslee, Leavitt, others praise tentative grain terminals-union deal

Excerpts from The Columbian:

Gov. Jay Inslee and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt were among the local officials who reacted positively to the tentative agreement.

Inslee, who had decided to no longer allow Washington State Patrol officers to escort grain inspectors through picket lines, said the prospect of a new contract was “outstanding news.” … The [...]

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Tentative agreement reached in NW grain terminal dispute

From The Columbian:

A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.

In an email to The Columbian Tuesday, Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for [...]

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FMCS Statement on Tentative Agreement Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on a tentative agreement reached just prior to midnight (PST) last evening between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest Grain Companies.

“After engaging [...]

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Russia bans Western food imports in Ukraine sanctions retaliation

Moscow banned imports of most food from the West on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.

Russian share prices fell after the announcement of Moscow’s one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and [...]

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Benton demands escort service amid lockout

From The Stand:

The Stand reports that Washington State Senator Don Benton, R-Vancouver, who is part of what has been dubbed the “Millionaire Coalition Caucus” of wealthy legislators who control the State Senate, is the subject of an ethics-related probe himself. The State Auditor’s Office is investigating his dual role as a State Senator [...]

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Port of Kalama closes bids for TEMCO Maintenance Dredging Project

The Port of Kalama has received two bids on the TEMCO Maintenance Dredging Project. The apparent low bidder is HME Construction with a bid of $732,000.000 plus sales tax. The bids will be presented to the Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners at the next commission meeting on August 13, 2014.

Maintenance dredging will include [...]

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DEQ charges Japanese boat at Marubeni-Columbia Grain with illegal discharge into Willamette River

Japanese corporation Marubeni has locked out ILWU workers from its Columbia Grain facility in Portland. DEQ alleges the ship La Bamba recently discharged nearly 300,000 gallons of ballast into the Willamette. The ballast water originated in the upper San Francisco Bay estuary, which harbors numerous non-native species that represent a high risk for introduction [...]

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