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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.

The worsening labor dispute at West Coast container ports is causing shippers to search for alternate pathways to and from Asia.

A union lock out at a big grain export terminal brought all ship loading and unloading to a halt at the Port of Vancouver, Washington Wednesday. It's one of several developments in a long-running labor dispute involving longshore workers and grain handlers.

There are several new developments Wednesday in a long-running labor dispute between unionized longshoremen and Northwest grain terminal operators. One grain exporter announced it reached a contract agreement, while another locked out its union workers after discovering what it called sabotage.

Picket lines sprung up almost immediately in front of the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. This, after the terminal operator notified the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 of a lock out.

Talks between some northwest grain shippers and a handful of longshore unions have paused. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports the two sides are trying to work through contract talks that have the potential to bottle up grain exports to Asia.

Port Strike Averted In Portland

Nov 26, 2012
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Six hours of last-ditch negotiations have yielded a tentative agreement for the Port of Portland and a Longshore union that represents security guards at some marine terminals. This averts a strike that was scheduled to bring work to a halt Sunday.