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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.

Portland’s propane dreams called into question

From the Portland Mercury:

The Port of Portland, which hopes to place the propane terminal near Kelley Point Park on the east end of Terminal 6, even issued a statement last month calling the facility, pitched by Canadian firm Pembina, “one of the largest single private capital investments in the city’s history.”

And yet, the [...]

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Canpotex to invest at Port of Portland terminal

Portland Bulk Terminals, where ILWU Local 8 members load potash for export.

Excerpts from a Port of Portland news release:

Canpotex, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Portland Bulk Terminals, L.L.C. (PBT), is investing up to $140 million in new equipment and infrastructure to improve the efficiency of its shiploading operations and the management of [...]

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Semi carrying steel slabs across Columbia River overturns, injuring driver

Steel slab work recently moved from Portland to Vancouver.

A truck hauling a 75,000 pound slab of metal overturned on the North Marine Drive exit from I-5 south just before 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

The truck’s driver was pinned inside the cab, which was crushed against a concrete barrier when the semi tractor and [...]

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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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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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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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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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While foreign grain owners continue lockouts, TEMCO thrives with ILWU agreement

TEMCO thrives with a collective bargaining agreement with its ILWU workforce.

NOTE: In an article titled ‘Tacoma container traffic up 17 percent in May,’ the News Tribune notes that grain exports are a ‘notable plus’ for the Port. TEMCO reached a collective bargaining agreement with its ILWU workforce last year, while its Japanese competitors [...]

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Oregon Legislature agrees to friendship pact with Tianjin, China

The Oregon Legislature has entered into a friendship pact with Tianjin, China to promote trade and exchanges in science, culture, education and other areas.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, signed the agreement Tuesday on the Legislature’s behalf while in Tianjin for a trade mission with other lawmakers and Port of Portland officials.

Officials later toured [...]

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Portland Slowdown Just Got Slower

The deliberations of an Administrative Law Judge are expected to delay resolution of Portland’s Terminal 6 dispute.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on May 30 that for the period of September 2012 to June 2013 longshore workers employed at Terminal 6 [...]

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ICTSI 'using NLRB as a hammer on working people in the U.S.'

Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:

Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations [...]

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MUA voice concerns over ICTSI concession

Honduran dockworkers from the SGTM union protested at ICTSI at the Port of Portland in March. Their union brothers and sisters in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, have suffered threats and violence against their families since ICTSI privatized their terminal.

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has expressed their concern this week over the decision made by [...]

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Portland port dispute leads to residential picket in Longview

The tense, ongoing union battle at the Port of Portland spilled into Cowlitz County Thursday night when a tugboat captain’s home was picketed by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Between 30 and 60 union members carrying signs picketed a home on the 200 block of Niemi Road in rural Longview. Initially, according [...]

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New Melbourne operator ICTSI slammed for 'poor reputation'

Spurred by abuses against SGTM union dockworkers at an ICTSI terminal in Honduras, ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates and guests protest at the Honduran embassy in San Francisco in March, 2014.

The winning consortium chosen to operate a new container terminal at the Port of Melbourne has been blasted by the Maritime Union of Australia [...]

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