Excerpts from the Long Beach Post:
From the Associated Press:
A federal judge has reopened the dispute over which union workers at the Port of Portland should perform the task of plugging and unplugging refrigerated cargo containers.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ruled Monday that the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., overstepped its authority last August when [...]
Judge says NLRB ‘violated clear statutory mandate’ when it intervened in longshore union dispute with ICTSI at the Port of Portland last year
PORTLAND, OR (June 17, 2013) – Today, United States District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman issued an order vacating the National Labor Relations Board’s August 13, 2012 decision in International Brotherhood of [...]
Excerpts rom the Journal of Commerce:
The International Transport Workers’ Federation has repeated its concerns, as well as its member unions’ concerns, regarding the lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at the United Grain terminal in Washington’s Port of Vancouver in Washington and the Columbia Grain terminal in Oregon’s Port of Portland.
The ILWU Coast Longshore Division recently met in Caucus with 81 democratically elected delegates from 30 United States West Coast ports. At this Caucus, your strike in Hong Kong was thoroughly discussed, and it was unanimously agreed that the ILWU would do everything possible to ensure [...]
Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90%
PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain [...]
The Oregonian published the following information on the multinational owners of the grain terminals in the Pacific Northwest, which are currently in collective bargaining negotiations with ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19 and 23:
Four companies in the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association operate under a single collective bargaining agreement with the dockworkers’ union. Longshoremen have [...]
Egyptian grain buyers, squeezed by droughts in Russia and Australia, bought 165,000 tons of wheat this month from a far-flung source, the Pacific Northwest.
The sellers included Cargill Inc. and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, two of the multinational goliaths involved in contract talks with longshore union leaders as a potential lockout looms at grain terminals in [...]
From David Macaray, former labor union rep and current Los Angeles playwrite and author in the Huffington Post:
Some truths about this ILWU shutdown: First, the strike wasn’t about money. These logistical workers earn about $41 per hour, a solid middle-class income. Second, it wasn’t “spontaneous.” They’ve been working without a contract for two and [...]
Joint news release from Sen. Merkeley and Congressman Jim McDermott:
WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Congressman Jim McDermott today were joined by ten of their colleagues from Oregon and Washington to call for continuing negotiations and a fair and amicable settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the [...]
Union dock workers and grain terminal owners both say they don’t want any kind of work stoppage that would disrupt Northwest grain exports.
But as of late Friday, there was no contract, and no new negotiations scheduled.
The Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, representing the owners of a half-dozen terminals in Oregon and Washington, set [...]
Striking workers brought operations to a halt at gates to the Port of Oakland this morning, leaving more than 100 trucks lined up waiting to get in.
SEIU Local 1021 and the port have been trying for months to negotiate a new contract to cover just over 220 workers. Those workers include, among other staff, [...]
PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2012) – After nearly three months of negotiations,the multinational grain corporations operating in the Columbia River and Puget Sound have given local workers a final offer that demands deep concessions from workers, even though the companies have been successful under the current agreement and impasse has not been reached in negotiations. [...]
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