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Archive for November, 2012

Contract Deadline Extended….again

Written by cradut

November 30th, 2012 at 2:52 am

Deadline Passes Quietly – No strike in Northwest, but disturbance spreads on the Pacific Coast

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November 30th, 2012 at 12:17 am

Northwest Grain Contract “Final”Offer

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 21:06hrs. Portland time

News of the grain talks offer and other developments in the long struggle for grain handling at Pacific Northwest Export Grain Ports.


From Portland Business Journal

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November 28th, 2012 at 5:07 am

Union requests extension of contract talks deadline

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 09:05am…Portland time

New developments in the Northwest Grain Negotiations. Union requests deadline extension. Below articles from local news sources.

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November 27th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Focus on Grain shipments

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November 26th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Tense operations at Port of Portland

November 26, 2012 – 12:52hrs…Portland time

Negotiations between the Port of Portland and the union security workers for the Port’s marine terminals have ended with a tentative contract agreement.

The strike may have been avoided but things are tense at Port of Portland marine terminals. For example there are chain-link fences surrounding the empty lot leading to Terminal 5. The regular entrance is restricted and there is an alternate access gate. Which gate do you go through? Well that depends on what business you have with the port. Say for example you are a cargo surveyor and need to board a vessel loading cargo at the grain terminal. In this case you have to drive around the empty lot at the far end of the north side of Lombard street. Proceed to the entryway, check in with additional security guards stationed in the van at the front, and drive on the empty gravel lot that leads to the regular terminal driveway just behind the first security check-point that you were not allowed to go through. Before you enter the terminal property you still have to check in with the terminal’s regular security gate and get signed in by the terminal security guards.

All the extra security and entrance procedures are a little odd and it is apparent that there is something brewing. If you have been reading the previous blog links posted below you already know about the on-going negotiations that started several months ago. This issue has been lingering in the background and if it hasn’t already, it could get worse. Northwest grain terminal owners extended union workers a final offer that expires on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. In anticipation of Wednesday’s deadline, terminal and/or Port officials feel the extra security patrols and chain-link fences are needed. If negotiations between the union and the grain terminal owners reach a deadlock it would obstruct the normal functioning or progress of a quarter of the nation’s grain exports.

Although work is continuing in the meantime, under an agreement that expired at the end of September 2012, things are wound-up pretty tight at the ports. You get the feeling that people are very high-strung and operations seem pretty tense.

So….what will happen on Wednesday? We can only hope for the best but we will have to wait and see.

Written by cradut

November 26th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

SECURITY WORKERS STRIKE AVERTED! in eleventh-hour negotiations

News link to latest article in regards to Port of Portland strike. Click below!

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November 25th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Oregon’s Governor gets involved, tries to avert Port strike

Gov. Kitzhaber spoke to representatives of the Port and union members in an effort to try and avert a strike that Port officials say would cause an economic catastrophe.

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November 25th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Cargo Ships to bypass Portland

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November 22nd, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Strike remains on track for Sunday

Security Officers remain on track for a STRIKE starting Sunday Nov. 25 at the Port of Portland.

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November 22nd, 2012 at 8:12 pm