Collective bargaining negotiations are underway in the Northwest between the ILWU and grain industry giants. Here’s the background in the ILWU Dispatcher:
Grain is the new gold for multinationals eager to move valuable cargo for a healthy profit.
Global grain giants, 80 years into contract, try to squeeze longshore workers
Wheat-based bread on Japan’s [...]
Excerpts from the Daily News:
A hung jury forced a mistrial late Friday night in the misdemeanor trial of ILWU President Robert McEllrath, accused of obstructing/delaying a train Sept. 7 at the Port of Longview.
McEllrath, the top executive in the ILWU, was accused of standing on the railroad tracks — along with several hundred [...]
The Longview longshore workers union is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever burglarized and trashed the union hall in Longview April 9.
Anyone with information about the crime should call the Longview police crime tip line, 442-5920, said Dan Coffman, president of Local 21 of the [...]
LONGVIEW, WA (March 20, 2012) – Last week, under the threat of felony charges, ILWU Local 21 President Dan Coffman pled guilty to three simple misdemeanors related to last summer’s labor dispute with EGT. The charges are criminal trespass in the second degree. Mr. Coffman entered these pleas because of the threat by the Cowlitz [...]
Port of Longview commissioners on Friday rejected the longshore union’s claim that they violated the state’s open meetings act last summer when they forbade trespassing on railroad tracks where hundreds were later arrested while protesting the EGT grain terminal.
The union’s claim is an attempt to defend some of those protesters from prosecution, and union [...]
Email reveals that Sue Baur asked sheriff if she could “borrow a gun” after hearing about the union’s recall campaign
LONGVIEW, WA (February 17, 2012) — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is calling on Sue Baur, the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney, to cease her personal vendetta against union members and their supporters, who continue [...]
EGT photo of the Longview facility.
Longview, Washington – Today representatives from EGT, LLC and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) signed a collective bargaining agreement covering landside and shipside operations at EGT’s grain terminal at the Port of Longview. The agreement, covering both production and maintenance work, establishes guidelines for a regular Longshore [...]
A Cowlitz County District Court jury Wednesday found four longshore union supporters not guilty of blocking a train bound for the EGT grain terminal Sept. 21.
Two ILWU protesters have already been acquitted in jury trials, one on allegations of criminal trespass and another for fourth-degree assault. County prosecutors have dismissed misdemeanor charges against [...]
ILWU leaders today said that the county prosecutors’ office needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars attempting to prosecute local workers for exercising their First Amendment rights during a labor dispute last summer.
On Wednesday, Cowlitz County jurors found four women “not guilty” of blocking a train, in a case arising from a demonstration on Sept. [...]
Wednesday night, commissioners representing the Port of St. Helens, which is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River across from Longview, approved lease options for Kinder Morgan and Ambre Energy subsidiary Pacific Transloading to operate two coal terminals at Port Westward.
Excerpts from the Daily News:
About 130 people packed into the Clatskanie Community [...]
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Ken O’Hollaren, the longest-serving port director in Washington, announced this week he will retire as the top official at the Port of Longview in December 2012.
Although O’Hollaren’s announcement comes at a time of turmoil at the port, his 25-year tenure has seen major growth and expansion at the port. [...]