labor disputes

The United Steelworkers union and major oil refiners have reached a tentative contract settlement.

Ports of Seattle & Tacoma Work On Ship Backlog

Feb 25, 2015

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are working through the backlog caused by a months longshore work slowdown. Late last week shipping companies and port workers reached an agreement to end their labor dispute. That agreement still needs to be ratified, but both ports say they are working at full speed.

Seattle and Tacoma say the first port worker crews started work on Saturday. The ports are now working to clear the effects of the slowdown that turned the west coast of the United States into a great Pacific shipping campground.

Port Backlogs Could Take Months To Clear

Feb 23, 2015
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For the most part, work has resumed at ports along the West Coast.

Last week, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and their employers reached a tentative labor agreement for 29 West Coast ports.

Bill Wyatt is the executive director of the Port of Portland. He said dozen of ships are waiting to be offloaded at ports from Seattle to Long Beach.

“So this is going to create a mess that will take probably months to work out of,” Wyatt said.

Last week, pressure increased on both the union and employers to reach a deal.

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A slow down at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest. Produce processors are laying off production line workers. Apples are backing up. And the summer’s premium hay is stacked in sheds not moving.