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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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Leaders say company has not shown evidence to back its accusations, and that security guards have been ‘shadowing and harassing our members every day’
PORTLAND, OR (February 28, 2013) – The men and women of ILWU Local 4, who have been working to reach a [...]
The Columbian today published an informative article by reporter Aaron Corvin. A link to the full article follows.
The union negotiating team is unanimously recommending that members of longshore union locals — which include ILWU Local No. 4 in Vancouver, home to 203 longshore workers — vote “no,’ according to a statement issued by Leal [...]
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 [...]
The ILWU is in extended talks with the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association. Talks with the union are scheduled through mid-October. The current contract expired Sunday. The ILWU workers handle half of the grain exports in the U.S. ILWU members walked off their jobs temporarily in Portland upon news Friday that Robert McEllrath, president of [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and grain terminal operators in the Pacific Northwest continue to meet each day in hopes of reaching a settlement before the current labor contract expires on Sunday.
It is difficult to judge if there has been any progress in the negotiations because [...]
From the Daily News:
The international president of the longshore union is back on trial in connection with last year’s labor dispute, three months after his last District Court trial ended in a hung jury.
Robert McEllrath of San Francisco, international president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, is charged with obstructing a train [...]
Excerpts from the Oregonian:
With a contract expiring in five days, managers of Northwest grain terminals are preparing for a showdown with longshoremen that could far eclipse this summer’s turmoil at the Port of Portland.
Half of the nation’s wheat exports flow through Portland and Puget Sound ports. To keep shipments moving, managers [...]
Two news items about the Port of Longview port commission from the Daily News:
Port of Longview commissioners approve strategic plan
Port of Longview commissioners Friday unanimously approved their five year strategic plan to develop their Barlow Point property, demolish an unused grain elevator, expand the main administration building and attract new business.
Port officials [...]
From KGW in Portland:
The first new export grain terminal built in the United States in 25 years held a grand opening celebration Monday.
EGT welcomed dignitaries to its $200-million facility to officially acknowledge its opening, although EGT has already exported more than a million tons of grain since the first ship docked there in [...]
The attorney for ILWU President Robert McEllrath on Monday said the Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office has not informed him whether his client will be put on trial again.
McEllrath was accused of standing on tracks with other members and supporters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to prevent a train from entering the EGT [...]