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ILWU Local 21 Member Shelly Korker On Solidarity And The EGT Longview Contract
by Labor Video Project
Monday Jul 8th, 2013 3:40 PM
ILWU Local 21 rank and file member Shelly Korker talks about working on logs and the struggle over EGT which led to a concession contract that threatens the union and health and safety of the members.
ILWU Local 21 Member Shelly Korker On Solidarity And The EGT Longview Contract
ILWU Local 21 Longview, Washington member Shelly Korker talks about her work as a longshore worker and the dangers of the EGT concession contract. This interview was done on Bloody Thursday July 5, 2013 at ILWU Local 10 in San Francisco.
Additional video at:
One Sided Class War In ILWU NW Grain-Scabs In The Ports Of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington
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§Mass picket at EGT
by Labor Video Project Monday Jul 8th, 2013 3:40 PM
A mass picketing of non-union contractor EGT was building up support coastwide.

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by Sam Leandro
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 2013 4:37 PM
Here's a map of the grain terminals, including those of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association.

Here are some details to explain the players in the grain trade:

The Northwest has nine grain shipping terminals, two on Puget Sound (at Seattle and Tacoma) and seven at ports along the Columbia River (one in Longview, two in Kalama, one in Vancouver and three in Portland).

TEMCO (joint venture between CHS and Cargill, the latter being the world's largest grain merchant) operates three Northwest grain terminals – in Tacoma, Kalama and Portland.

LD (France-based Louis Dreyfus is a vital player in the global food chain, is among the world’s top 3 suppliers of wheat and corn) Commodities operates terminals in Seattle and Portland.

EGT (a joint venture between Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited; ITOCHU International Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Japanese trading company ITOCHU Corp.; and South Korea - based STX Pan Ocean, one of the top major bulk carriers in the world) operates a new grain terminal in Longview. It opened officially earlier this year.

Kalama Export Company operates at terminal at the Port of Kalama.

United Grain Corporation (a subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui Group) operates a terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Columbia Grain (a subsidiary of Japan-based Marubeni Corporation) operates a terminal at the Port of Portland.

Six of the nine Northwest grain shippers, in a consortium known as the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, operate under a single collective bargaining agreement with ILWU. The consortium’s current contract with the ILWU expires September 30.

Terminals in Longview and Kalama have separate ILWU contracts. EGT’s Longview terminal opened earlier this year. EGT signed a contract with ILWU to settle a controversial and sometimes violent dispute over which union would provide labor to help operate EGT’s terminal. While longshoremen’s hourly compensation in the EGT contract is comparable to ILWU’s contract with the Grain Handlers Association, workplace rules in the EGT contract are much more advantageous to EGT than the rules the Grain Handlers Association terminals currently operate under. The ILWU’s contract with Kalama Export Company (KEC) also includes advantageous workplace rules that don’t apply at Grain Handlers Association terminals.

Members of the Grain Handlers Association are committed to bargaining in good faith with ILWU. Grain Handlers Association companies and their predecessors have employed ILWU members to help operate their terminals for more than 50 years. Leveling the playing field and avoiding extreme competitive disparities among Northwest grain shippers and ports is vital.

More than a quarter of all U.S. grain exports and nearly half of U.S. wheat exports move through the Columbia River and Puget Sound grain terminals.

The Northwest’s proximity to Asian markets drives grain exports from the region. Top markets for wheat shipped from Northwest ports are Japan, The Philippines,
Korea and Taiwan. Nearly all soybeans shipped from the Northwest are headed t o China, and major destinations for yellow corn shipped from the region are Korea, Japan and China. Middle East markets also are served by Pacific Northwest terminals.

Exports are important for grain growers throughout the Northwest and Midwest. Any interruption in loading and dispatching ships would disrupt important Asia-Pacific markets for U.S. grain and risk overwhelming available storage facilities.
by Sam Leandro
Tuesday Sep 3rd, 2013 4:49 PM
The above post used information that appears pro-management (because that's where we got it). But we are anti-management and pro-working class.

So please read between the lines in the above post.

Thank you,