From the United Kingdom comes this report in the Handy Shipping Guide:
The longstanding dispute between the longshoremen who work in the Port of Portland and employers simmers on, and the latest development will doubtless engender an ‘I told you so’ from the dock workers who are employed at the ICTSI Oregon container shipping terminal [...]
MOL’s news release expresses confidence in a projected increase in automobiles manufactured in Mexico.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has announced that it started new car carrier services that transport vehicles produced in Mexico to ports in NAFTA region.
Around 3 million vehicles were produced in Mexico in 2013, about 80% of which were exported. As [...]
Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades
”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]
SGTM members picketed at the ICTSI terminal in Portland earlier this month, and were sought by Honduran police on their return home.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has won a promise from the Honduran ambassador to the UK to investigate death threats and victimisation of trade unionists in the city of Puerto Cortés.
Honduran authorities circulated this picture from the Oregonian in search of union dockworkers Carlos Alvarado, left, and Glen Galdames, as they picket outside Terminal 6 on March 4. Longshore workers walked off their jobs at the Port of Portland’s container terminal Tuesday in solidarity with the Hondurans, who are members of the SGTM union [...]
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
The Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 shut down again Wednesday, this time after a verbal altercation between container-yard employees and longshore workers.
“Today ICTSI and Port supervisors threatened top loader drivers with physical violence, showing once again that ICTSI and the Port are working in collusion against union members,” said ILWU [...]
Honduran dockworkers have suffered massive job losses, violence and militarization of their cargo terminal since ICTSI took over operations at Puerto Cortes in 2013.
This Associated Press article was published in news outlets in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Indiana and beyond:
Labor turmoil continues at the Port of Portland as longshoreman refused to cross [...]
Excerpts from The Oregonian:
The West Coast longshore union is blasting a review requested by Gov. John Kitzhaber of conditions at the Port of Portland’s container terminal before it even gets started.
The timing and nature of the longshore statement, which describes the Port’s probe as a case of “the fox guarding the hen house,” [...]
From Progressive Railroading:
“While tonnage was down slightly for the calendar year, the port finished 2013 with one of the highest volume months in recent history with 1.3 million tons handled in December and posted fiscal-year gains at the halfway point that bode well for the year ahead,” Port of Portland officials said in a [...]
[NOTE: Honduran union leader Victor Crespo has been threatened for trying to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with ICTSI, the same terminal operator that took over operations at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 in 2010.]
From Morning Star Online:
Killing payback for port collective bargain fight
The father of Honduran trade union leader Victor [...]
From the Columbian:
A keel-laying ceremony Friday afternoon at Vigor Industrial on Portland’s Swan Island marked the start of construction for the first of three new tugboats being built for Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver. The tugs will be the first newly built vessels for the company in nearly 30 years.
Marc Schwartz, Tidewater’s maintenance [...]
In an article titled “Renewed chaos hits Port of Portland terminal as Hanjin Shipping Co., prepares to announce whether its ships will keep calling,” The Oregonian once again points fingers at the men and women who have worked on the docks for decades, despite the clear failures of private terminal operator ICTSI which took over [...]
A plan to allow for the development of a new grain export terminal at the Port of Portland has been cancelled.
Tentative plans for the West Hayden Island project would have included a grain export terminal, an auto processing facility, onsite manufacturing and about 500 acres of natural areas.
To allow for development, however, the [...]
From a Port of Portland news release:
A lengthy and complex process to annex West Hayden Island for a future marine terminal, habitat preservation and recreational amenities came to an end this week when the Port briefed its Commission and informed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales that it is formally withdrawing its consent to annex the [...]
Hayden Island is situated in the Columbia River, between the Ports of Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Port of Portland photo.
A grain shipping terminal developer is shopping around for sites in the Northwest and expressed some interest in the Port of Portland’s West Hayden Island property.
The project developers initially looked at a [...]