Disclaimer

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.

How a grassroots effort in Vancouver fought big oil — and won

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The $210 million Vancouver Energy project, a joint venture from Tesoro and Savage, would have brought up to 360,000 gallons of crude oil a day on trains traveling along the Columbia River. The proposal would have been the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

ILWU Local 4 member Jared Smith […]

FacebookEmailShare

Washington Gov. Inslee rejects controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal

From the Camas Post Record:

[NOTE: ILWU Local 4 members share in this victory after working hard to protect the community from the dangers posed by the oil terminal.]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has rejected a plan to site North America’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

In a letter sent to Kathleen […]

FacebookEmailShare

Editorial: Governor should weigh evidence, then reject oil terminal at Port of Vancouver USA

From the Editorial Board of The Columbian:

For four years, Gov. Jay Inslee has declined to express an opinion about a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Regardless of how creatively the question was asked, Inslee has said only that he needed to see the reports and the recommendation from the state Energy […]

FacebookEmailShare

Kalama Export dockworkers rally for better benefits

ILWU Local 21 members were joined by longshoremen from West Coast ports at KEX. Photo by JJ Burkey, ILWU Local 21 member

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Wearing orange shirts with slogans calling for “equal benefits,” about 300 longshoremen marched at the Port of Kalama Wednesday to draw attention to stalled labor talks […]

FacebookEmailShare

ILWU Local 4 joins community in fighting ‘big oil money’ in Vancouver port election

From an article titled ‘When Big Money Lands In A Small Vancouver Election’ at Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The longshoremen’s union back port commission candidate Don Orange and have spoken out against the proposed oil terminal. If elected, Orange could shift the power of the three-member port commission board against the project for the first time. […]

FacebookEmailShare

Unions stand at Standing Rock

Northwest Labor Press published this photo from the Standing Rock protest encampment with Isaiah Barnes of the Sioux nation, and Jamison Roberts and Steve Hunt of Vancouver ILWU Local 4.

Excerpts from Northwest Labor Press:

On Thanksgiving Day, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 put out a call for donations of cold […]

FacebookEmailShare

No doubt about it: Oil-by-rail is threat

The Olympian published the following opinion piece by Jared Smith, President of ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, WA:

Jared Smith, ILWU Local 4 President

On this Labor Day, longshoremen look back on a summer that vindicated our opposition to America’s largest proposed oil-by-rail project. After a terrifying oil train derailment in Mosier, weeks of public […]

FacebookEmailShare

Hundreds weigh in on plan for Vancouver oil terminal

Hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington, to offer testimony on the proposed rail-to-marine oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver that would be the nation’s largest, receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of oil per day.

Opponents on Tuesday hammered on the risks […]

FacebookEmailShare

Vancouver oil terminal faces more controversy following export legalization

From Maritime Executive:

The Port of Vancouver, Washington is no stranger to controversy over its proposed oil terminal. But the intensity of opposition has increased sharply since a recent repeal of the federal ban on crude exports. Activists suggest that the terminal’s rail shipments are too risky, and that the repeal will mean even more […]

FacebookEmailShare

ILWU backs LaBrant for Port of Vancouver commissioner

From The Columbian:

Eric LaBrant

Eric LaBrant, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, has been endorsed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, his campaign announced this week.

“The longshoremen and women rely on the port for 100 percent of their jobs,” LaBrant […]

FacebookEmailShare

OPB: Internal documents give insight into tense Vancouver port lockout

”I would like to clarify a rumor…” OPB has released AFSCME’s letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and several other documents related to the use of Washington State Troopers to escort grain inspectors across ILWU Local 4’s picket line.

Excerpts from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Foggy and cool weather kept a helicopter from flying into the […]

FacebookEmailShare

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 […]

FacebookEmailShare

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 […]

FacebookEmailShare

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 […]

FacebookEmailShare

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, […]

FacebookEmailShare