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    Default Standoff at grain terminals: workers on the job without contract

    PORTLAND, Ore. (PAI) -Last February, after a long and ferocious fight, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) made deep concessions in a first-time union contract with EGT, the stand-alone operator of a new grain export terminal in Longview, Wash. Now that company's unionized competitors-who negotiate together in the Pacific Northwest Grain Handler's Association (PNGHA) employer group-want similar employer-friendly terms in their contract with the union. All the grain terminals, which handle a huge share of overall U.S. grain trade, are owned by huge multinational corporations, many of them foreign-based.
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    My daughters boyfriend just made the "B" list with the long shoreman In Kelso/Longview and was sworn in today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    My daughters boyfriend just made the "B" list with the long shoreman In Kelso/Longview and was sworn in today!

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    ITF unions show support for ILWU in grain dispute
    21 January 2013

    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 workers to take over work currently being done by ILWU members in case of a lockout in the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
    The companies have hired JR Gettier and Associates, a known strikebreaking firm, and union longshoremen (dockers) have seen replacement workers milling about the facilities.

    “The global grain giants control the world’s food supply, and they’re trying to use that power to break unions, even as they are making record profits,” said Engels. “The global network of solidarity among workers provides a counterweight to the power of these corporations.”
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    Mitsui-United Grain locks out longshore workers
    Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 set up picket lines at the Port of Vancouver, Washington after United Grain, a grain exporter owned by the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, locked out union workers. The pickets on February 27 halted work at the port temporarily stranding one ship set to unload Subaru vehicles and interrupting the loading of grain to be exported abroad. On February 28, Mitsui-United Grain management resumed loading the grain.

    Mitsui-United Grain said that it was locking out its union workers because it had evidence that one worker had sabotaged company equipment by putting a metal pipe into a conveyor system and sand and water into a railcar progressor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Mitsui-United Grain locks out longshore workers


    Mitsui-United Grain locks out longshore workers | Left Labor Reporter
    Lock out all the workers rather than dicipline the offender? Hmmmmmmmmmm.
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    Grain talks break down on Day One as foreign grain companies refuse to discuss ILWU-TEMCO agreement
    PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2013) – Negotiations between the ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19, 21 and 23 and three members of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association broke down today during the first bargaining session the two sides have scheduled in three months. The union ratified an interim collective bargaining agreement with U.S.-based TEMCO, a joint venture between Cargill and CHS, and offered the ratified agreement for the remaining members of the multi-employer group to review. The three foreign-based employers refused to even discuss the TEMCO agreement, and talks broke down. The second day of scheduled bargaining has been cancelled, and no additional talks are scheduled.
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    Longshoremen to Community: "Mitsui is Hurting Northwest Economy with its Illegal Lockout at United Grain"

    Washington and Oregon-based longshore workers, locked out of their longtime workplace United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver USA since February 27, are hammering United Grain’s Japanese owner, Mitsui, for profiting from Northwest taxpayer investments and destroying local jobs. Union members have a daily presence at Mitsui-United Grain headquarters in downtown Vancouver, and additional support from longshoremen in Seattle, who hand out fliers in the Puget Sound.
    “Northwest taxpayers invest in ports and railroads to create local jobs, but Mitsui has shown that it doesn’t care about Washington’s workers or our communities,” said Cager Clabaugh, President of ILWU Local 4 and third-generation longshoreman. “I came to United Grain as a kid to watch my grandfather load grain, and it’s difficult for all of us to see our local jobs taken away and handed to workers Mitsui imported from Florida and Wisconsin. We pay local taxes and spend locally, but the replacement workers take their money out-of-state.”
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    Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama
    Nine boats carrying longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning.
    The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters were trying to impede a grain ship that loaded in Vancouver and then headed to Kalama for more grain.

    “We’re not ever going to tolerate a scab boat, and it’s going to escalate” if any vessel serviced by non-union workers tries to dock, said Jake Whiteside, president of Longview-based Local 21 of the ILWU. “I’m paying very close attention.”
    Pro-union protesters set up river picket at Port of Kalama | The Columbian

 

 
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