From KGW in Portland:
The first new export grain terminal built in the United States in 25 years held a grand opening celebration Monday.
EGT welcomed dignitaries to its $200-million facility to officially acknowledge its opening, although EGT has already exported more than a million tons of grain since the first ship docked there in [...]
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 [...]
EGT, Port of Longview
In the four months since the EGT grain terminal resolved its dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, it has shipped about 1 million tons of bulk grain to Asian ports.
A fire in one of the facility’s three conveyor towers in early April halted operations for one day and [...]
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 [...]
Almost seven months ago, on July 11, 2011 about a hundred ILWU longshore workers were loaded into Cowlitz County law enforcement vans and arrested after taking action to protect their jobs at EGT. On February 7, 2012, ILWU Local 21 loaded EGT's first ship, signaling another positive step forward after a long and difficult [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Excerpts from an article in the Seattle Times called “Longview labor feud settled by union, grain exporter”:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has reached a tentative settlement on legal issues in a bitter labor dispute with Longview grain exporter EGT, according to Gov. Chris Gregoire.
“This is a win for the ILWU, EGT and [...]
The Port of Longview and longshore union won an important round in their ongoing battle with the EGT grain terminal Friday, but a decision about whether the union is legally entitled to work there still is months away.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton ruled that the port’s working agreement with union longshore workers [...]
September 30, 2011: This afternoon, a Federal District Court in Tacoma, WA, heard oral arguments in EGT’s lawsuit against the Port of Longview regarding the company’s obligations under its lease agreement with the Port. Port counsel vigorously argued that the EGT lease requires EGT to honor the Local 21 Working Agreement with the Port. The [...]
September 30, 2011: Today’s decision against the ILWU by a Federal District Court in Tacoma, WA, was not unexpected. In this area of the law, the procedures are set up to ensure that commerce flows under all circumstances. Normal due process rights found in other areas of the law are muted. Still, the union did [...]
Law enforcement wastes more local public resources providing private escort for multinational corporation’s product
LONGVIEW, WA (September 29, 2011) — This morning, multinational corporation EGT brought a train full of grain into its Port of Longview grain terminal with extensive security provided by public law enforcement agencies. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union permitted the [...]