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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.

Seattle City Council vote is a victory for port jobs

From a Seattle Times article called ‘Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena’:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember who championed port jobs

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to reject giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to Chris Hansen so he can build a half-billion-dollar arena in Sodo.

Councilmember [...]

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VIDEO: ILWU attorney outlines how current Sodo arena plan will hurt port jobs

In this week’s episode of City Inside/Out, speakers debate the job impacts of a current arena plan near the Port of Seattle:

On May 2, the Seattle City Council will vote whether or not to close one block on Occidental Avenue in SoDo to construct a new arena. Supporters say investor Chris [...]

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Megaship Benjamin Franklin makes first Seattle call

ILWU representatives welcome CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in Seattle. From left to right: Justin Hirsch, Local 19 Labor Relations Committee; John Persak, Puget Sound District Council (PSDC) president; Rich Austin Jr., Local 19 president; Gordon Baxter, lobbyist for PSDC.

From ”Massive cargo ship arrives in Seattle’s Elliott Bay” in the Seattle Times:

The largest [...]

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ILWU still opposes Seattle Arena street recommendation

From KING 5:

The ILWU Local 19 issued a sharply worded statement on Tuesday, criticizing an SDOT and mayoral recommendation to eliminate a SoDo street for a new sports arena.

The statement says the “recommendation really doesn’t mean much more than the mayor punting a dying SoDo arena deal to the new City Council.”

On [...]

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Seattle’s Sodo arena plan filled with subsidies, foes say

From the Seattle Times:

Seattle taxpayers would subsidize the proposed new sports arena in Sodo to the tune of $731 million over 32 years, according to a financial analysis commissioned by an opponent group.

The group, Sonics Without Subsidies, threatened to sue if Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council don’t revise the agreement [...]

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ILWU Local 19: City officials’ move to limit port cargo is ‘extremely disappointing’

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:

Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle [...]

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‘Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average’

The Seattle Times reports:

For the last four months while dockworkers and their employers blamed each other for congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reported the average wage for union members was $147,000, but the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) disputed it.

It turns out it was a little [...]

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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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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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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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Port of Seattle, Eagle Marine agree to make Terminal 5 big ship ready

Under the proposal, EMS would shift its operations to Terminal 18, allowing EMS to preserve container volume and ship calls.

The Port of Seattle and Eagle Marine Services (EMS), operator of Terminal 5, have announced a proposal to relocate its cargo and breakbulk activities to another terminal so that the port can modernize Terminal 5 [...]

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Both sides in grain dispute call negotiations ‘fruitful’

From today’s Columbian:

Longshore workers have made the Pacific Northwest one of the most productive grain export regions in the world. Photo shows Mitsui-United Grain Corp. in Vancouver, WA.

Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms [...]

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