Excerpts from an analysis by the Journal of Commerce:
Just when you thought the news couldn’t get worse for global container carriers that lost an estimated $650 million collectively in the first half [...]
Longview man cleared two years after joining longshore rally near railroad tracks
ILWU International President thanks community for solidarity
LONGVIEW, WA – More than two years after Jeff Washburn was arrested in Longview, Wash., during the ILWU’s 2011 struggle for good jobs, Cowlitz County prosecutors finally dismissed charges against him. Mr. Washburn, then [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge’s order that two locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pay damages to the National Labor Relations Board and an employer in connection with union picketing that turned violent at the Port of Longview, Wash., Metropolitan News-Enterprise [...]
AP Moller Maersk group company Gujarat Pipavav Port said it has upgraded its infrastructure with the ability to carry double-stack high cube containers.
APM Terminals Pipavav and the Indian Railways in 2006 pioneered double stack movement in the country, when its first train moved along the Jaipur-Pipavav route, capability of double-stacking was limited to [...]
Excerpted from Wolfe Research:
On Friday, the USDA released its initial grain production and grain export forecasts for the upcoming 2013-14 crop year. Total corn, wheat and soybean (the 3 major crops moved by the rails) production is expected to increase 22% y/y after dropping 8% last year and 14% in total the past 3 [...]
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a controversial rail yard near the Port of Los Angeles, setting the stage for possible court challenges, alleging violations of environmental and civil rights laws.
The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions [...]
From the Oregonian:
Terminal developer Kinder Morgan will not go forward with a proposal to export coal to Asia from the Port Westward industrial park on the Columbia River, a company spokesman said this morning.
Kinder Morgan’s Allen Fore attributed the decision not to seek permits for a coal export terminal to site logistics at [...]
Officials Monday will discuss the possibility of Pier S as an alternative to BNSF Railway’s controversial proposal to build a railyard bordering West Long Beach and Wilmington neighborhoods.
Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines said he placed the item on Monday’s board agenda at the request of West Long Beach residents who oppose the BNSF [...]
Today’s Columbian reports on NLRB charges from both the ILWU and Mitsui-United Grain, and for the first time, the employer has admitted that it’s displacing local union workers with replacement workers during the lockout. Excerpts from the Columbian:
Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which represents United Grain and other grain [...]
Trade and city leaders on Tuesday kicked off a $83.7 million rail project that is expected to create 340 jobs, have an estimated economic impact of $400 million and move cargo in a more sustainable way.
Officials said the project will be a sustainable one, curbing truck trips on local roads by 2.3 million each [...]
[NOTE: The following is a translation of a resolution passed by the Railroad Workers United in support of ILWU Local 4 in its lockout by Mitsui-United Grain. The Spanish is below; see the English version at this link.]
El ferrocarril de Trabajadores comité directivo Unidos aprobó la siguiente resolución el 4 de marzo de 2013:
BNSF Railway’s net earnings rose 13.5 percent year-over-year from $2.97 billion in 2011 to $3.37 billion in 2012, Berkshire Hathaway reported.
Yearly revenue was $20.84 billion in 2012, increasing 6.6 percent from $19.55 billion in 2011.
BNSF will spend about $4 billion on the railroad in 2013, roughly double its depreciation charge, according to Berkshire [...]
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