labor disputes

Refinery Workers Settlement
7:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Tentative Refinery Strike Settlement Should Help With Gas Prices

A tentative contract settlement should end a six-week strike at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:25 pm

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

Read more
Port Slowdown
4:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Ports of Seattle & Tacoma Work On Ship Backlog

The Port of Seattle.
Credit KUOW

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.

Read more
Port Slowdown
6:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Port Backlogs Could Take Months To Clear

Dozen of ships are waiting to be offloaded at ports from Seattle to Long Beach.
Credit Aaron Parecki / Flickr

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.

Read more
Port Delays
7:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Port Slowdowns Keep Northwest Farm Exports Stuck On The Ranch

Drex Gauntt says much of his 2014 hay crop is still under the shed on his farm and he hasn't been paid for it because of delays at Western sea ports.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

Read more