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TEMCO grain terminal expansion on track for fall completion, officials say

The renovation will add new docks, a new shipping system, new rail and barge unloading machinery and new systems for cleaning wheat and other grains, Butters said. Butters said the improved terminal could handle up to 200 million bushels of grain per year, as much as Temco’s Tacoma terminal. Bill Wagner Photo / The [...]


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 [...]


ILWU Local 21 helps collect 66,000 pounds of food to fight hunger

From The Daily News:

The Food Fight Against Hunger, a month-long food drive spearheaded by eight local organizations, collected a whopping 66,300 pounds of food for the Help Warehouse food bank, organizers reported last week.

The drive, which closed Oct. 31, “was a tremendous effort on the part of all the teams, and great timing, [...]


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 [...]


Longshore union takes message on the road

From the Capital Press:

Several representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have recently gone on “road trips” to rural communities in Washington and Montana to protest the grain handlers’ actions and try to win favor with farmers.

Along the way, they’ve picketed grain elevators owned by Columbia Grain, United Grain and Louis Dreyfus.



Seaport labor dispute threatens Montana wheat shipments

Montana wheat farmers are among those who have relied on the continual service provided by experienced longshore workers to export grain since 1934.

From the Billings Gazette:

In a rare move, longshoremen from the Pacific Northwest are traveling across Montana cautioning wheat farmers about possible trouble shipping grain from the state overseas.

Montana wheat [...]


ILWU formally backs Millennium coal project ahead of public hearings

Millennium Bulk Terminals officials said Thursday they will hire a stevedoring company and longshore workers at their proposed coal dock west of Longview.

Also on Thursday, officials from Millennium and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union jointly announced the union’s formal support for the proposed terminal, which Millennium estimates will support 135 full-time, family wage [...]


Court Confirms ILWU Must Pay for Damages at Longview

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 [...]


VIDEO: Japanese Railway Workers Support Dockers Half a World Away

From Labor Notes:

Railway unionists in Tokyo recently protested a lockout nearly 5,000 miles away, of American dockworkers who load grain onto ships headed for Asia.

With signs calling the aggressive employer a “Merchant of Death,” Japanese workers rallied outside the headquarters of Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain, which locked out members of Longshore [...]


Las empresas graneleras extranjeras continúan con los cierres patronales, los trabajadores portuarios se mantienen firmes

[NOTE: This is a Spanish translation of our grain update in the May Dispatcher. Read the English original at http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/?p=12592.]

Cierre patronal: Los miembros del Local 4 en la línea de piquete después de que Mitsui-United Grain bloqueara su entrada en Vancouver, WA. Foto de Jared Moultrie, muellero de ILWU Local 4.

Los estibadores [...]


Carpenters Local 156: 'We support ILWU Locals 4 and 8'


“Portland is a union town, and PICKET LINES MEAN DO NOT CROSS.”

This is the message delivered in a resolution passed by members of Carpenters Local 156 at their May 11 meeting. The resolution pledges support for ILWU Local 8 at Marubeni-Columbia Grain in Portland, and for ILWU Local 4 at Mitsui-United Grain [...]


Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama

Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.

The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters [...]


Longshoremen to community: ‘Mitsui is hurting Northwest economy with its illegal lockout at United Grain’

Longshore workers from Oregon and Washington say they get a positive response when they talk about Mitsui’s taxpayer-funded infrastructure upgrades and negative impact on Northwest jobs

VANCOUVER, WA (April 25, 2013) – Washington and Oregon-based longshore workers, locked out of their longtime workplace United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver USA since February [...]


China conditionally clears $5.6 billion Marubeni/Gavilon deal

Marubeni owns Columbia Grain in Portland, where members of ILWU Local 8 load grain, and Gavilon is an owner of Kalama Export downriver, where members of ILWU Local 21 do the same.

Chinese regulators on Tuesday gave a qualified green light to Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp’s (8002.T) $5.6 billion (£3.67 billion) purchase of U.S. [...]


ILWU sees Temco pact useful in other talks

Excerpts from the Columbian:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, in its dispute over a new employment contract with Northwest grain terminal operators, views a temporary agreement it signed with U.S.-based Temco as a road map for resolving its differences with three other companies.

Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for the ILWU, said in an email to [...]