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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.

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 […]

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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, […]

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Tentative agreement reached in NW grain terminal dispute

From The Columbian:

A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.

In an email to The Columbian Tuesday, Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for […]

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FMCS Statement on Tentative Agreement Between the ILWU and Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers

From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on a tentative agreement reached just prior to midnight (PST) last evening between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Northwest Grain Companies.

“After engaging […]

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Benton demands escort service amid lockout

From The Stand:

The Stand reports that Washington State Senator Don Benton, R-Vancouver, who is part of what has been dubbed the “Millionaire Coalition Caucus” of wealthy legislators who control the State Senate, is the subject of an ethics-related probe himself. The State Auditor’s Office is investigating his dual role as a State Senator […]

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United Grain operations slow at Port of Vancouver after Gov. Inslee pulls security escorts

”The governor’s decision to stop providing taxpayer-subsidized public security services to the foreign-owned grain companies was a positive step,” said ILWU spokesperson Jennifer Sargent. She said union negotiators are continuing to meet with United Grain, Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities over the terms of a new contract. ILWU Local 4 workers have been […]

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Scheduled events could push ILWU talks into August

From yesterday’s Journal of Commerce:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union today completed its two-day caucus in San Francisco, and the union will resume contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on Wednesday. … Contract negotiations will resume Wednesday and will continue for the rest of this week, but the talks will recess again on […]

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Maritime union radio ads take on Northwest grain lockout

Mitsui-United Grain and Marubeni-Columbia Grain are operating with scab labor during the multinationals’ lockout of ILWU workers. Pictured here: Scab barge at UGC in Vancouver, WA.

Ads by Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Inlandboatmen’s Union ‘allege safety, environmental risks brought on by lockout by grain companies,’ reports the Columbian:

Two maritime unions said […]

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Longshore union shifts focus to Northwest grain handlers talks

ILWU members on the picket line during grain lockout. Photo by the Oregonian.

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, whose members operate West Coast ports, are on a three-day break so the union can negotiate with a group of Northwest grain handlers.

The union is bargaining with […]

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Judge: Longshoremen violated court order by blocking grain barges

The men and women of the ILWU have exported America’s grain from Pacific Northwest terminals since 1934. They are currently locked out of Japanese-owned facilities in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Excerpts from the Capital Press:

The ILWU has violated a court order for the second time by blocking grain shipments, according to a […]

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United Grain's yearlong lockout has big impact on livelihoods

ILWU Local 4 Dispatcher Troy Olson has 44 fewer jobs to dispatch to the union’s membership since Mitsui-United Grain locked out workers last year. Photo by Zachary Kaufman, The Columbian.

From the Columbian:

ILWU member Marcel DeBord says his family has been hit hard by the lockout. He looks for work at the […]

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Both sides in grain dispute call negotiations ‘fruitful’

From today’s Columbian:

Longshore workers have made the Pacific Northwest one of the most productive grain export regions in the world. Photo shows Mitsui-United Grain Corp. in Vancouver, WA.

Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms […]

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Dockworkers union, grain group set talks

From the Columbian:

Officials with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association both said they’ll renew contract negotiations during meetings to be held soon. Speaking during a public hearing of the Port of Vancouver commissioners Tuesday, Cager Clabaugh, president of the ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, said talks are […]

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Longshore union takes message on the road

From the Capital Press:

Several representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have recently gone on “road trips” to rural communities in Washington and Montana to protest the grain handlers’ actions and try to win favor with farmers.

Along the way, they’ve picketed grain elevators owned by Columbia Grain, United Grain and Louis Dreyfus.

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Seaport labor dispute threatens Montana wheat shipments

Montana wheat farmers are among those who have relied on the continual service provided by experienced longshore workers to export grain since 1934.

From the Billings Gazette:

In a rare move, longshoremen from the Pacific Northwest are traveling across Montana cautioning wheat farmers about possible trouble shipping grain from the state overseas.

Montana wheat […]

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