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.

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 […]


U.S. Trade official to speak at EGT grand opening ceremony

EGT is holding a grand opening ceremony on July 9 for community and business leaders. The keynote speaker will be Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, the chief agricultural negotiator for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Siddiqui will discuss EGT’s effect on growing U.S. grain exports to Asia, according to the company.

Other speakers scheduled for […]


Sen. Baucus Encourages International Grain Exporter Bunge/EGT to Expand Investment in Montana Agriculture

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus is encouraging international grain exporter, Bunge Limited, to continue agricultural investments in the state. Following connections made at Baucus’ 2007 jobs summit, Bunge, through EGT, LLC is building three state-of-the-art grain shuttle loaders in its joint venture with ITOCHU and STX Pan Ocean. During a recent meeting with Bunge […]


Japan trading firms likely Gavilon buyers - sources

Japan’s top trading companies have emerged as frontrunners in the race to buy Gavilon as the U.S. grain and energy trader seeks final bids this week, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Marubeni Corp (8002.T), Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T) and Mitsui & Co (8031.T) have all been evaluating bids for all or part of […]


EGT signs ILWU contract ending labor dispute, but County Attorney still prosecuting workers and supporters

ILWU Local 21's 'Welcome to Longview' billboard near the exit to the Port of Longview, WA.

From this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, union members, and supporters continue to face trial for exercising their First Amendment Rights to protest during the EGT dispute

When the grain ship MV Full Sources arrived at […]


EGT and ILWU sign collective bargaining agreement

EGT photo of the Longview facility.

Longview, Washington – Today representatives from EGT, LLC and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) signed a collective bargaining agreement covering landside and shipside operations at EGT’s grain terminal at the Port of Longview. The agreement, covering both production and maintenance work, establishes guidelines for a regular Longshore […]


ILWU Local 21 members working EGT’s first ship today

ILWU Local 21 was the workforce when EGT’s first ship docked at the Port of Longview on Feb. 7, 2012. Photo by ILWU 21 member Kyle Mackey.

In an article called “No protest as grain ship docks at EGT terminal” published today, the Daily News reports:

The EGT vessel Full Sources docked at the […]


Grain ship due Tuesday at EGT terminal

The 738-foot MV Full Sources will arrive in Longview Tuesday morning. It is seen here in a 2007 photo leaving Santos, Brazil. Bruno Pricoli photo.

The first grain ship headed to the EGT export terminal is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Longview between 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday after dockworkers on Monday […]


ILWU to Handle First Vessel at EGT Grain Terminal

From the Journal of Commerce:

Bunge last year broke off contract negotiations with the ILWU and hired* workers represented by another union. That triggered months of ILWU demonstrations that resulted in arrests of dozens of longshoremen on charges of property destruction and blocking a train from carrying grain to the terminal.

If Bunge had succeeded […]


EGT and ILWU to Welcome First Ship on Tuesday

The following news release was issued this morning by EGT and ILWU. Download a pdf of the original document here.

Longview, Washington – Today officials from EGT, LLC and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced the scheduled arrival of the first export vessel at the EGT terminal on Tuesday, February 7. The ship’s […]


UA Local 393 resolution in support of ILWU Local 21

It’s important to note that progress has been made since the passage of this resolution, and the solidarity from labor unions around the world continues to be strong. On January 11, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, CA, adopted the following resolution by unanimous vote:

Condemn Use of U.S. Military […]


Year of Strife: EGT/ILWU timeline

An ILWU Local 4 longshore worker supports ILWU Local 21 by demonstrating for good union jobs near EGT in Longview, WA. This photo was taken in September 2011 by Don Ryan of the Associated Press and was widely published, including in Time Magazine.

The Daily News in Longview has compiled the following list of […]


Carpenters Local 156: ‘Now is the time for ALL of Organized Labor to stand with ILWU’

Carpenters Local 156, longtime friends of Operating Engineers Local 701, has written the ILWU the following letter, which is worth reading start to finish:

Dear brothers and sisters:

We send this letter to express our support of your struggles with EGT in Longview. We are humbled by your passion and commitment to securing work […]


Trial date set for ILWU lawsuit against Sheriff Nelson, Chief Duscha

Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha falsely reported hostage-taking at EGT, a lie he backed away from after it had spread worldwide in the media.

A trial date has been set in the federal civil rights case the longshore union filed against local law enforcement agencies — but it’s still more than a year away.



Groups Plan EGT Grain Ship Protest

‘A call for a protest of EGT is not a call for a shutdown of West Coast ports and must not result in one,’ wrote ILWU Pres. Bob McEllrath in a Jan. 3 letter. ‘Any showing of support for Local 21 at the time that a vessel calls at the EGT facility must be […]