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The Battle In ILWU Northwest Grain-Scabs In The Ports Of Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, WA
ILWU longshore workers in Portland Oregon and Vancouver, Washington are facing a union busting attack by Marubeni who owns Columbia Grain and United Grain which is owned by Mitsui. The Gettier company has brought in armed scabs and they are running the operation nonunion.
The ILWU faces a major attack in the Northwest with the successful introduction of scabs at Columbia Grain owned by Marubeni in Portland and United Grain owned by Mitsui in Vancouver, Washington. These bosses are spending millions on the security firm Gettier to operate non-union with the support of the police and Obama's Coast Guard. The ILWU has yet to mobilize their membership coastwise and the rest of the labor community to shut these operations down and the members are being targeted with the collusion of the police. ILWU Local 8 represents workers at Columbia Grain in Portland and ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, Washington.
Strike supporters also talk about concession bargaining and how that has affected the health and safety conditions at the grain terminals and weakened the union hiring hall allowing management to pick and choose workers who will be anti-labor.
This successful operation of non-union ports for the first time since 1934 is a serious threat to the future of the ILWU and the victory in the west coast contract when it expires in 2014.
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ILWU members have been locked out in the Northwest at Columbia Grain in Portland.
ILWU Local 4 wants the scabs out