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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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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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China detains three Marubeni-Columbia Grain employees on suspicion of tax evasion

Breaking news from the Chicago Tribune about Marubeni, the Japan-based owner of the Columbia Grain elevator in Portland that’s locked out ILWU members:

Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp’s grain trading unit in China have been detained, Chinese customs said on Thursday, a move prompted by allegations of tax evasion on soybean imports.

The [...]

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Shipping container terminal operator ICTSI penalised for Health and Safety issues

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 [...]

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MOL launching auto service from Mexico to several U.S. ports

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 [...]

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