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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.

Propane terminal gets nod, moves to Portland City Council

ILWU Local 8 President Mike Stanton was among the many speakers who opposed the proposed terminal, pointing out that it would cause rail congestion and squeeze out existing businesses. Stanton was thanked for his testimony by several community activists who appreciate ILWU support.

The Portland City Council will decide the fate of a $500 million [...]

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Portland terminal ‘doesn’t have a labor problem; it has a management problem’

The Port of Portland has ten marine terminals, all of which are experiencing good labor relations except for the one operated by ICTSI.

From an article titled ‘Oregon Lawmakers Call For End To Port Labor Dispute’ on Oregon Public Broadcasting:

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers issued a letter this week, calling for an [...]

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ICTSI is 'failing to thrive in the US because of its own managerial shortcomings'

Port of Portland's Terminal 6 is privately operated by Philippines-based ICTSI, which signed a 25-year lease with the port in 2010.

From an article titled ‘Problems continue at the Port of Portland’ in the Portland Tribune:

Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore [...]

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Longshore union says terminal operator to blame for Hanjin's Portland departure

From the Portland Business Journal:

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Tuesday blamed ICTSI Oregon Inc. — the company hired to manage the Port of Portland’s sole container terminal — for the departure of the port’s largest shipping service, Hanjin Shipping.

“Hanjin’s stated departure from Portland rests solely on ICTSI’s inherent refusal and failure [...]

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Port of Portland extends subsidies, ‘a waste of resources’ as ICTSI raises rates

Excerpts from the Capital Press article titled ”Port of Portland extends ocean carrier subsidies”:

The Port of Portland commission voted on Dec. 10 to pay up to $4 million in subsidies to Hanjin and other carriers, which are at risk of avoiding the facility due to slow container movements.

The subsidies were approved over the [...]

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PMA deceptively blames workers for port congestion caused by chassis mismanagement and other supply chain failures

Chassis are piled up for scrap at Schnitzer Steel in Portland. Photo taken on November 10, 2014.

The ILWU is not responsible for the ongoing congestion crisis at West Coast ports

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over the past week, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies [...]

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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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