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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have written to leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association to reach a collective bargaining agreement for the Northwest grain terminals.
Weeks after the ILWU and American grain exporter TEMCO reached a collective bargaining agreement to cover three terminals [...]
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 [...]
Union head says Mitsui is ‘profiting from the United States’ infrastructure, natural resources and labor’ yet breaking U.S. law with its lockout
VANCOUVER, WA (MARCH 5, 2013) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 4 has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against Mitsui-United Grain for the company’s lockout of its workforce at the [...]
On February 27, 2013, two hundred men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 in Vancouver, Washington, were locked out of their jobs by United Grain Corp, which is owned by major Japanese conglomerate Mitsui. Mitsui-United Grain has failed to negotiate in good faith with the ILWU, and [...]
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 [...]
United Grain Corp. on Wednesday locked out the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from its export terminal in Vancouver, Wash., charging that a member of the Labor Relations Committee at ILWU Local 4 attempted to sabotage equipment at the facility.
The incident comes at the same time that another terminal operator, TEMCO, and the ILWU [...]
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 [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2013 CONTACTS: Jennifer Sargent, ILWU, 503-703-2933 Mark Klein, TEMCO, 952-742-6211
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 23, 21, 19, 8 and 4 and U.S.-based grain company TEMCO, LLC today jointly announced that they have respectively ratified a 5-year interim collective bargaining agreement covering three TEMCO grain export facilities [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
From the Northwest Labor Press:
The talks ended Dec. 12 with no agreement, and ILWU reported that members voted to reject PNGHA’s final offer Dec. 21 and 22 by 93.8 percent. At that point, three PNGHA employers announced they would impose their terms: Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a Dutch company that owns grain elevators in Seattle [...]
From the Journal Star in Lincoln, Nebraska:
Foreign owners among a group of Pacific Northwest grain export terminals have informed the longshore union they are at impasse, but will not lock them out of their jobs. Instead, they were implementing terms of their final contract offer on Thursday.
The terminal owners are now split, as [...]