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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.

Maruneni-Columbia Grain announce business expansion

From a Marubeni-Columbia Grain news release:

Columbia Grain Inc. (“CGI”), a 100% owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a LLC membership purchase and sale agreement for purchasing a portion of ownership interest of Montana Specialty Mills, LLC (“MSM”), headquartered in Great Falls, Montana. With this investment, […]

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Marubeni and ADM bolster export joint venture in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, […]

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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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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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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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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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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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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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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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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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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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Portland port dispute leads to residential picket in Longview

The tense, ongoing union battle at the Port of Portland spilled into Cowlitz County Thursday night when a tugboat captain’s home was picketed by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Between 30 and 60 union members carrying signs picketed a home on the 200 block of Niemi Road in rural Longview. Initially, according […]

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China detains three Marubeni-Columbia Grain employees on suspicion of tax evasion

Breaking news from the Chicago Tribune about Marubeni, the Japan-based owner of the Columbia Grain elevator in Portland that’s locked out ILWU members:

Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp’s grain trading unit in China have been detained, Chinese customs said on Thursday, a move prompted by allegations of tax evasion on soybean imports.

The […]

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