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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.

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have agreed to a contract with grain handling companies at Northwest ports. The vote concludes two years of bargaining, and lockouts at the ports of Vancouver and Portland, last more than a year.

Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations

Aug 6, 2014
Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions Wednesday with its unionized employees.

Closed-door labor negotiations have resumed between the state of Washington and its unionized employees. The two sides were scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss cost-of-living increases. The secret nature of these bargaining sessions is drawing criticism and even protests.