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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 […]


Northwest grain terminal owners to implement offer

From the Associated Press:

The owners of four Pacific Northwest grain terminals have informed the longshore union they will not lock them out of their jobs. Instead, they will implement the terms of their final contract offer on Thursday.

Under federal law, employers can take that step when parties reach a bargaining impasse. The last […]


Grain and Greed in the Northwest

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 […]