The Associated Press has reported:
A Portland longshoreman sustained minor injuries after getting hit by a truck while picketing at the Port of Portland.
Jennifer Sargent, a spokeswoman for the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, says the worker is recovering at home after injuring his knee, elbow and back. She declined to release his identity.
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said Thursday that its first-quarter net profit rose 15% from the year-earlier period, boosted by double-digit growth in its revenue and cargo volume.
ICTSI said net profit in the January-March quarter rose to $40.7 million from $35.4 million in the year-earlier period, while total revenue increased 20% to $209.3 [...]
Longshore workers from Oregon and Washington say they get a positive response when they talk about Mitsui’s taxpayer-funded infrastructure upgrades and negative impact on Northwest jobs
VANCOUVER, WA (April 25, 2013) – Washington and Oregon-based longshore workers, locked out of their longtime workplace United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver USA since February [...]
Union offers ILWU-TEMCO agreement as a template for negotiations; employer group refuses to budge from their November 16 ‘last, best and final’ proposal which members rejected by more than 90%
PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain [...]
Four lower Columbia River ports have tentatively agreed to buy Howard Island for $1.32 million, ending a dozen years of negotiations with the owner and avoiding a costly court battle.
Port of Longview commissioners on Tuesday approved their share of the deal, which is about $187,000. Port of Vancouver commissioners also approved the deal Tuesday, [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2013 CONTACT: Jennifer Sargent, 503-703-2933
Leaders say company has not shown evidence to back its accusations, and that security guards have been ‘shadowing and harassing our members every day’
PORTLAND, OR (February 28, 2013) – The men and women of ILWU Local 4, who have been working to reach a [...]
The Portland Business Journal reports: ”Union officials have made a point in highlighting the fact that the other three terminal operators are extensions of foreign-owned companies. In a statement issued Wednesday, ILWU International President Robert McEllrath said the TEMCO agreement was reached ‘because American companies, farmers and workers recognize a common interest in our [...]
Thomas J. Hammond, longtime chief executive of Portland-based exporter Columbia Grain, died Thursday in Portland after a sudden illness. He was 60.
Hammond was head of the grain export company since 2000, and involved in the company’s management since its very beginning in 1978. At Columbia Grain, a subsidiary of Japanese trading company Marubeni Corp., [...]
Commissioners voted 6-1, with one abstention, to authorize as much as $3.7 million in rent rebates to ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operates the Port’s international container terminal. The Port intends the payments, in the form of rent reductions, as savings that ICTSI can pass on to shipping lines so the ocean carriers will continue sending [...]
The Puget Sound ports of Seattle (above) and Tacoma led the way in total container volume increases, with a total of about four percent.
Container volumes at West Coast ports increased 4 percent in December, but 2012 overall was a lackluster year as the total of import and export containers increased only 2 percent [...]
[NOTE: Marubeni owns Columbia Grain in Portland. Gavilon co-owns Kalama Export with Archer Daniels Midland and Mitsubishi.]
The Gavilon deal, which includes debt of around $2 billion, would catapult Marubeni, Japan’s fifth-biggest trading house, into the top ranks of global grain merchants and put it in a prime position to meet rising demand for [...]
International Transport Workers’ Federation news release:
ITF-affiliated unions around the world are showing support for their colleagues in the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) in what could be a major labour showdown in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
Multinational grain companies who are currently making record profits have reportedly hired replacement non-union [...]
Commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday to approve the Container Carrier Incentive Program, in which the port will pay $10 per container to carriers calling Portland. Total payments are capped at $1 million and the program expires in December.
The port said the move is necessary to offset expected cost increases from International Container Terminal [...]
The commissioners voted 7-2 on Jan. 9 to pay $10 per container to carriers who stop at the port’s Terminal 6, a sprawling Columbia River container yard. The program is capped at $1 million and expires at the end of 2013.
The longshore union sharply criticized the incentive program in a statement following the vote, [...]
From the Oregonian:
Cargill Inc., which defected last month from an employers coalition of Northwest grain terminal owners, is holding secret talks with the longshore union, a spokesman confirmed Friday.
Leaders of the powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union, who did not respond to requests for comment, are apparently using a “divide and conquer” strategy [...]