Labor Dispute
1:36 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tentative Agreement Announced In Northwest Grain Terminal Dispute

Grain export companies and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union say they’ve reached a tentative labor agreement that could end a lockout at Portland and Vancouver ports. 

The agreement, which was reached just before midnight, was announced by a federal mediator.

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2:04 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Rejects Longshoremen's Challenge to Seattle Arena Plan


A state appeals court ruled against the longshoremen’s union in its attempt to block a new NBA arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. 

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5:05 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project

Longshoremen picket at the site of Seattle's deep-bore tunnel project
Ashley Gross KPLU

Seattle's waterfront tunnel project is huge. At its height, it's supposed to create almost 3,900 jobs. In a move that shows how important each one of those jobs is, longshoremen headed out to a picket line to protect four of them. 

And that labor dispute over those four jobs has caused some work on the project to grind to a halt. 

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4:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Longshoremen to appeal judge's ruling tossing out their arena lawsuit

Longshoremen in Seattle plan to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that threw out their challenge to a new Sonics basketball arena.

The longshoremen’s union argued that the city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen violated state environmental laws when they signed an agreement for the arena. They said that memorandum of understanding focuses too much on the site Hansen prefers – in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. And that’s before an environmental review is finished.

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6:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

One Grain Exporter Reaches Labor Deal; Picket Lines At Another

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

There are several new developments Wednesday in a long-running labor dispute between unionized longshoremen and Northwest grain terminal operators. One grain exporter announced it reached a contract agreement, while another locked out its union workers after discovering what it called sabotage.

Picket lines sprung up almost immediately in front of the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. This, after the terminal operator notified the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 of a lock out.

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4:53 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Judge throws out lawsuit against Sonics arena

Investor Chris Hansen is trying to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle
Marie Young-Cain

A King County judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking a deal to build a new basketball arena in Seattle. That removes one obstacle to bringing back the Sonics NBA team.

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3:11 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Potential longshoremen strike temporarily averted, easing farmers' concerns

Seattle's grain terminal
Joe Mabel

Update: A potential strike by longshoremen in the Pacific Northwest has been temporarily averted, according to a spokesman for the grain terminal operators.  The terminal operators have been trying to reach a new contract with longshoremen at six ports in Washington and Oregon.

Pat McCormick of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers' Association, which represents the terminal operators, says the two sides have agreed to continue talks into mid-October even though the contract expires this Sunday.

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Labor contracts
11:12 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Longview grain terminal, union working together

LONGVIEW, Wash. — After a year of sometimes-violent demonstrations with multiple arrests at the Port of Longview, the EGT terminal and Longshore union jointly announced Monday they're working together for the first time for a grain ship arriving Tuesday.

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Union unrest
2:07 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Judge fines Longshore union another $65,000

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has fined a Longshore union another $65,000 for blocking a train in Longview. That brings the total fine to over $300,000.

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Union unrest
4:54 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Longshore union to appeal judge’s $250,000 fine

TACOMA, Wash. – A Longshore union says it plans to appeal a federal judge's quarter-million dollar fine for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

Friday, lawyers on various sides of the case argued first about that punishment for a clash in early September. Later, the judge took up the heart of the matter. .

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt of court for blocking a train and storming a grain terminal about three weeks ago. He's now fined the union $250,000.

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Union unrest
10:07 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over tactics

Longshoremen tactics in Longview have resulted in confrontations with police and now a major fine from a judge.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

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Union unrest
9:36 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Sheriff: Longshoremen strike in Longview costly, nerve-wracking

Police in riot gear protect an incoming train carrying grain at the port facilities in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday..
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County sheriff says continuing labor strife at a Port of Longview grain terminal is straining nerves and budgets.

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Union unrest
11:40 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Update: Longshoremen pepper-sprayed, arrests made in Longview

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A conflict over Longshore union jobs at the Port of Longview, Wash., grain terminal is flaring up again with the arrest of protesters blocking railroad tracks.

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Union unrest
2:20 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Longshore workers from protest show up for arrests

Longshoremen, who refuse to be identified, hold down one of several picket camps outside entrances to EGT Development in Longview, Wash., on Thursday.
Associated Press

KELSO, Wash. — About 200 Longshore workers stopped by a courthouse in Washington state to turn themselves in but left a short time later after no arrests were made.

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Union unrest
3:57 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Longshoremen union held in contempt for terminal raid

Longshoremen actions at the Longview grain terminal have led to a judge holding the union in contempt of court.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has found a union in contempt of court after hundreds of its members raided a grain terminal in southwestern Washington, smashed windows and menaced security guards last week.

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