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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.

Port of Tacoma container numbers bounce back in November

After seeing its container cargo volume numbers fall below last year’s figures in August, September and October, the Port of Tacoma has reported its November container numbers improved 3.1 percent over November 2012.

Despite the declines in the three previous months, the port’s total container unit count for the year through the end of November [...]

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Japan cannot make further concessions to U.S. in TPP talks: minister

While the U.S.-led TPP aims for the abolition of all tariffs, Japan wants to retain tariffs it imposes on five farm product categories including rice. The United States and other TPP members are putting strong pressure on Japan to further open up its agricultural market.

Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade [...]

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Wolfe Research: Strong Initial 2013-14 Grain Projections

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 [...]

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ILWU and TEMCO reach grain agreement for Northwest terminals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2013 CONTACTS: Jennifer Sargent, ILWU, 503-703-2933 Mark Klein, TEMCO, 952-742-6211

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 23, 21, 19, 8 and 4 and U.S.-based grain company TEMCO, LLC today jointly announced that they have respectively ratified a 5-year interim collective bargaining agreement covering three TEMCO grain export facilities [...]

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Union has bargained in good faith with profitable multinational grain corporations

PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2012) – After nearly three months of negotiations,the multinational grain corporations operating in the Columbia River and Puget Sound have given local workers a final offer that demands deep concessions from workers, even though the companies have been successful under the current agreement and impasse has not been reached in negotiations. [...]

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Grain workers train for engulfments

Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins, and the number of these deaths continues to rise. Statistics compiled by Purdue University show that 26 fatalities occurred in 2010 due to grain engulfments.

EFFINGHAM, Kan. — Grain industry workers received firsthand experience Tuesday in the mortal dangers of an engulfment while [...]

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Argentina grain ports brace for more strikes

An expected series of strikes will delay many shipments, but the overall effect on international grain markets is expected to be muted.

A strike would have to extend 20 days or more before global buyers are likely to shift purchases to the U.S. instead of Argentina, said Terry Reilly, analyst with Citigroup in Chicago. [...]

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‘Unknown unknowns’ and grain prices

“Is (supply and demand) really driving the day-to-day price action in our marketplace? Oftentimes, I think the answer is not,” says Neil Driscoll, grain platform trader with Louis Dreyfus Commodities.

Big investors and investment groups are contributing to daily price changes, he said. Going forward, he said, “I think it’s important that every single day [...]

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Buffett’s Burlington Exploits Boxed Asia Grain Up 29%: Freight

Products such as organic or genetically modified soybeans, which can’t travel in traditional hopper cars, are now being packed in containers that once sailed back empty to Asia after bringing retail goods to the U.S. That’s an opportunity for railroads to bring boxes of specialty grains to American ports.

Hauling containers laden with grain for [...]

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Grays Harbor: A small port with big dreams

The AGP groundbreaking at the Port of Grays Harbor included ILWU Local 24 officials.

At its low point, traffic to the port amounted to just eight ship calls for the year, recalled Gary Nelson, the port’s executive director.

“We gave some serious thought about just closing down,” he said. “It was expensive to maintain [...]

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Kansas grain elevator blast: 3 dead, 3 missing

Three people remained unaccounted for and two others were hospitalized in critical condition Sunday following an explosion at a grain elevator in northeast Kansas that killed three workers, authorities said.

Among the missing was one worker from the elevator company and two state grain inspectors.

More on this story at the Associated Press

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ILWU files civil rights lawsuit to stop police brutality in Longview, Cowlitz County, WA

Heavy-handed police presence at EGT in at Port of Longview, WA, September 22, 2011. Don Ryan/AP photo

TACOMA, WA [September 22, 2011] – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and ILWU Local 21 today responded to ongoing police brutality and harassment related to its labor dispute with EGT Development at the Port of Longview [...]

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ILWU, grain elevator firms reach tentative deal

Sept. 14: The Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union came to agreement on a labor agreement on Wednesday. The agreement is subject to ratification by the union.

The ILWU represents 4,000 men and women on the docks and in grain terminals in Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Northwest Grain [...]

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ILWU leader tells Sheriff Mark Nelson: Stop the abusive, sensationalistic arrests of union members

Leal Sundet, Coast Committeeman for the Coast Longshore Division, has sent this letter to Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson:

September 15, 2011

Via first class mail and fax

Sheriff Mark S. Nelson Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office 312 S.W. 1st Ave. Kelso, WA 98626

Mr. Nelson:

I am writing to urge you to change your current [...]

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Longshoremen reach tentative labor agreement with grain elevator operators

Negotiators with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Operators have signed off on the deal, which must still approved by the union’s 4,000 members, ILWU officials said.

“This collective bargaining agreement between the union and the grain industry shows that there’s a positive relationship that meets the needs of both [...]

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