Oregon

Grain Terminal Dispute Temporarily Shuts Down Vancouver, Wash. Port Docks

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2013 6:03 p.m.

Contributed By:

Northwest News Network, Colin Fogarty

 

A union lock out at a big grain export terminal brought all ship loading and unloading to a halt at the Port of Vancouver, Washington Wednesday. It’s one of several developments in a long-running labor dispute involving longshore workers and grain handlers.

United Grain Corporation says its lock-out of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union was spurred by repeated incidents of machinery sabotage. It blamed two specific instances on a union negotiator. But a longshore union spokeswoman accuses the company of “fabricating” the story as an excuse to bring in non-union replacement workers.

The picket line at the grain terminal was peaceful Wednesday, but there was fallout elsewhere. A Port of Vancouver spokeswoman says longshore workers assigned to unload a nearby car carrier full of Subarus walked off in sympathy.

Meanwhile, the longshore union reached a tentative five-year labor pact covering three other grain export terminals. Those are located in Tacoma, Kalama and Portland and are operated by a joint venture called Temco. Neither side provided details of the new contract.

The settlement with Temco means the majority of Northwest grain export terminals now have up-to-date labor agreements. Together, the nine unionized terminals on the Columbia River and Puget Sound handle nearly half of the nation’s wheat exports.

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Northwest terminals covered by new or existing contracts:

TEMCO - Tacoma, WA

TEMCO - Kalama, WA

TEMCO - Portland

EGT - Longview, WA

Kalama Export Co. - Kalama, WA

Terminals still involved in standoff:

Seattle (Louis Dreyfus Commodities) — offline due to construction on improvements

Vancouver, WA (United Grain Corp.)

Portland (Columbia Grain Inc.)

Portland (Louis Dreyfus Commodities) — offline for improvements

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