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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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