Port of Longview commissioners agreed to buy a second mobile harbor crane, a purchase that port officials say could help them better compete to unload imported oil refinery equipment needed for a Midwest oil boom.
The port bought its first Liebherr crane in 2008 for $4.7 million to unload large wind-energy equipment imports, which had [...]
Commenting on developments in the Port of Vancouver, Washington, USA, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) acting general secretary Steve Cotton said:
Steven Cotton, ITF
The lockout of workers by Mitsui-United Grain will soon be entering its tenth week. The company choice of this tactic over honest negotiation has gained them nothing except local and international [...]
Today’s Columbian reports on NLRB charges from both the ILWU and Mitsui-United Grain, and for the first time, the employer has admitted that it’s displacing local union workers with replacement workers during the lockout. Excerpts from the Columbian:
Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which represents United Grain and other grain [...]
In an early morning incident at the port Wednesday, involving a large showing of Vancouver police, several vehicles entered the United Grain site, including a semi truck, a red car, and a white van. The van’s windows were obscured, and a sticker on the rear window contained an obscenity. Union supporters speculate that vans like [...]
The following letter appeared in Tuesday’s Columbian:
As a person of faith, I believe in the power of nonviolent protest for social change. As a citizen, I believe in the right to peaceful demonstrations.
I was therefore disheartened to learn that the Vancouver Police and the Clark County Sheriff’s departments recently responded to a [...]
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 [...]
Solidarity with US dockers locked out by Mitsui
Dockers at the Port of Vancouver in Washington, USA have now been locked out for six weeks by their employer, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui-United Grain.
The ITF sees this as an anti union attack and an attempt to avoid negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after [...]
Excerpts from the Columbian:
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, in its dispute over a new employment contract with Northwest grain terminal operators, views a temporary agreement it signed with U.S.-based Temco as a road map for resolving its differences with three other companies.
Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for the ILWU, said in an email to [...]
Father Jeremy Lucas of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Battle Ground, WA, spoke in favor of workers rights at a March 8, 2013, rally in Vancouver, where ILWU Local 4 longshoremen have been locked out of their jobs at United Grain by its profitable Japan-based owner Mitsui. Father Jeremy spoke at [...]
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 [...]
Excerpts from the Columbian:
Union dockworkers, locked out for more than three weeks in a contract dispute with United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, say the company and two other operators of Northwest grain-export terminals have agreed to return to the bargaining table.
The agreement to renew talks is outlined in a March [...]
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, [...]
ILWU International President Robert McEllrath delivers TEMCO agreement to Mitsui-United Grain, March 8, 2013. McEllrath was accompanied by approximately 400 ILWU members and supporters. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40 member.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union grain workers recently delivered what they consider to be a “fair” contract to the offices of United [...]
The Railroad Workers United steering committee passed the following resolution on March 4, 2013:
RWU Resolution In Support of ILWU Local #4 Vancouver, Washington
Download the RWU resolution by clicking on this image
Whereas, on February 27th 2013, members of International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) were locked out of their jobs in Vancouver, [...]
Several hundred ILWU members and supporters marched to Mitsui-United Grain’s Vancouver headquarters on March 8, 2013, led by International President Robert McEllrath and International Vice President Ray Familathe. Photo by Jared Moultrie, ILWU Local 4.
The following text is excerpted from the Columbian:
Several hundred people rallied Friday morning at Esther Short Park to [...]