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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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Columbian says oil terminal is wrong for Vancouver

From the Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver has agreed with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — which now are pursuing their joint venture under the collective name of Vancouver Energy — to build an oil terminal that would transfer an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day.

The proposal for an oil terminal [...]

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Retailers warn of rising risks of lack of ILWU contract

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Without a finalized contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, shippers fear a labor meltdown — like the one in 2002 that shut down the West Coast for 10 days in a management-led lockout. The point was made in a letter from Retail Industry Leaders [...]

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Israeli ship unloads at Tacoma port, despite pro-Palestinian protest

Pro-Palestinian activists blocked two entrances to a Port of Tacoma terminal Saturday morning, but were unable to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from being unloaded as they had hoped.

About 100 people opposed to Israel’s military action in Gaza formed picket lines outside Washington United Terminals gates on Port of Tacoma Road shortly after 7 [...]

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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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Port of Nanaimo container shipping trial under way

Port of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

From the Nanaimo Daily News:

Container shipping has arrived on Vancouver Island. The MV Westwood Pacific was loaded and left Nanaimo carrying containers filled with lumber, pulp and water bound for Asian ports Tuesday.

Though just a trial run, the port and its partners hope it will lead to [...]

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Everett waterfront to get massive makeover

Port of Everett sketch of the proposed new waterfront.

The Port of Everett will announce plans Thursday to convert the fading industrial waterfront into a series of new mixed-use communities.

Waterfront Place is the name for the centerpiece which will boast four miles of walking a bike paths, five restaurants, and 350 new homes overlooking [...]

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Port of Astoria: 3 years, 5 leadership changes

The Port of Astoria has named an executive from Washington state as its fifth leader in less than three years.

The Daily Astorian reports Jim Knight has been director of the Port of Olympia marine terminal since July 2013.

Knight was chosen Tuesday to succeed Hank Bynaker, who resigned Sept. 11 after 14 months as [...]

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Baltimore longshoremen deny strike liability, say master contract not in effect

From the Baltimore Sun:

Longshoremen who went on strike last year at the port of Baltimore claim they are not liable for related losses sustained by their employers, in part because a coastwide labor contract banning such strikes does not apply to them.

The claim was made in a federal court filing by Jennifer Stair, [...]

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Volatile atmosphere at Gaza demonstration prevents Longshoremen from entering Port of Oakland terminal

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union were unable to report to work Sunday night at SSA Marine’s terminal in Oakland, Calif., due to volatility associated with a large demonstration and significant police presence at the gates of the facility. In 2005, Oakland police fired rubber bullets in similar circumstances, wounding several longshoremen who [...]

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Are shippers fleeing US West Coast ports?

From Port News:

US West Coast ports are still at risk of a strike or other form of industrial action, forcing shippers to divert their cargo to different routes, as well as to use other distribution methods, Fitch Ratings reports.

The ongoing contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime [...]

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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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Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone.

Representatives from four Panamanian unions, accompanied by [...]

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Traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert down in 2014 while traffic through Fairview Terminal rises

While overall cargo volumes increased last month, terminals within the Port of Prince Rupert have handled less cargo so far this year.

All together the terminals moved five per cent more tonnage month-over-month, with 2,102,694 tonnes being handled this July in comparison to 1,999,971 last July. However, year-over-year there has been a six per cent [...]

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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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