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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 Rivergate rail overpass project receives federal TIGER grant

From a Port of Portland news release:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.329 million grant to the Port of Portland and City of Portland to help fund a rail overpass and realign a congested and dangerous intersection in Portland’s Rivergate Industrial Park.

The Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project addresses [...]

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State-ownership not the solution for Portland

From Port Strategy:

The Port of Portland’s executive director has rejected a recent proposal from president of Common Sense for Oregon for the port’s Terminal 6.

Bill Wyatt believes that creating a state-owned authority, Oregon Shipping Authority (OSA), does not solve the problems which currently face the terminal.

Mr Wyatt accepted that restoring service at [...]

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Port of Portland’s container service hits zero

Excerpts from the Lewiston Tribune:

Westwood Shipping [made] its last call on the Port of Portland Saturday. It was the only container carrier that stopped regularly at the Oregon port and carried a fraction of the volume major shippers hauled. The last of those, Hapag-Lloyd, departed a year ago.

Low rates and overcapacity in the [...]

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Market forces, industry changes end container service in Portland -- for now

From a report titled ‘Port of Portland Loses Last Container Ship Service’ in the Wall Street Journal:

Oregon’s Port of Portland will see its last container ship service this Saturday, when Westwood Shipping Lines makes its final call.

Small and midsize ports like Portland are facing challenges as global ocean carriers have formed alliances and [...]

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Columbia River ports say new buoys would improve river efficiency

Ships on the lower Columbia River near Astoria

The Port of Longview commissioners recently agreed to contribute $168,000 toward the construction of three additional “stern” buoys to help prevent shipping bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River.

The contribution will help provide local matching money to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has received [...]

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Labor attorney and author Joe Burns outlines NLRB's 'war against ILWU's solidarity unionism'

‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times

Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book [...]

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Driver survives after container falls on SUV near Port of Portland

The trailer crushed part of the vehicle just after 3:10 p.m. on the Interstate 5 on-ramp at North Marine Drive in Portland. KGW photo.

The driver of an SUV will survive after a semi-truck tipped over and the trailer landed on the vehicle, trapping the man inside.

Nearly two dozen firefighters worked to rescue [...]

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Philippine port operator ICTSI aims to outpace its global peers

ICTSI’s first attempt at operating in the United States has resulted in crippling problems at Terminal 6 in Portland.

With 30 port concessions in 20 countries across six continents, International Container Terminal Services is the most globalized Philippine corporation by geographical scope.

Compared to its global peers, however, ICTSI still has a ways to go. [...]

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Port of Newport receives $2 million for facility to serve Oregon agricultural producers

Excerpts from the Oregonian

The Port of Newport has received its first grant toward rehabilitating its international shipping terminal. The $2 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation will be used to leverage more money from state sources to finish a shipping facility, port officials said Thursday.

While there are pending upgrades to Highway [...]

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ILWU will appeal NLRB ruling

From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012′ in The Oregonian:

The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.

But the three-year struggle is not [...]

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Judge’s ruling on labor actions doesn’t silence union-port war of words

Although very little work is happening at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, its operator and the union representing the workers there are continuing to spar.

On Wednesday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal, issued a press released trumpeting a National Labor Relations Board ruling affirming an administrative law judge’s ruling that ILWU [...]

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Editorial: Rail investments essential to port and local economy

In an editorial titled ”Olympia keeps local rail upgrades on track,” The Daily News applauds Washington State’s investment in a rail corridor project that will help Longview attract cargo.

The Legislature worked into triple overtime this year, but it did finally deliver our corner of Washington some great news: It committed the state to contributing [...]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]

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Portland City Council won’t even consider that massive north Portland propane terminal

ILWU Local 8 victory in opposing Pembina propane export terminal in Portland

[Note: you can help shore up Local 8's victory by voting NO in this online poll ASAP. Thank you! -Editors]

From the Portland Mercury:

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has pulled a June 10 hearing over zoning changes that would allow a massive [...]

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Portland newspaper declares 'death sentence' for controversial propane terminal

In an article titled ‘Mayor Charlie Hales withdraws support for Pembina propane terminal,’ the Willamette Weekly writes:

Posters have appeared around Portland spoofing Charlie Hales’ campaign materials. Hales ran as an environmentalist and was pushing for massing propane exports that would clog existing rail lines. ILWU Local 8 has been actively opposing the project.

In [...]

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