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Last minute settlement averts clash at Washington's Port of Longview

(01-23-12) Months of acrimonious conflict preceded this last minute agreement mediated by Washington's Governor, and it was feared that the US Coast Guard was prepared to intervene on behalf of EGT Development. Occupy Portand had joined in solidarity with union protests, and a major action took place today just as the Governor decided to intervene and call the parties together.
Gov. Gregoire announces tentative settlement between EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
For Immediate Release: January 23, 2012

OLYMPIA - Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced that EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative settlement on pending legal issues surrounding labor disputes at EGT's grain export facility in Longview.

"I asked EGT and ILWU to come together in a good faith effort to overcome their differences," Gregoire said. "Both parties should be commended for their willingness to work together and compromise. This framework reflects considerable effort to put the interests of the Longview community and the entire Columbia River basin first. I am confident an agreement can be reached that will satisfy both parties and allow the new grain terminal to become fully operational."

"We are pleased to announce that after a series of discussions convened by Governor Gregoire, the ILWU and EGT have reached a tentative settlement to resolve the pending legal matters between the parties and the Port of Longview," said EGT CEO Larry Clarke. "While the parties are still working to finalize certain conditions over the next several days, we are optimistic we can resolve the dispute and get on with the business of operating the facility. From the beginning, we had two core goals - to operate this 21st Century facility safely and efficiently and to ensure the entire Longview Community shares in the economic benefits this facility will provide. We are optimistic this process will help us reach both of these objectives."

"This is a win for the ILWU, EGT, and the Longview community," said ILWU President Robert McEllrath. "I want to thank Governor Gregoire for her leadership in working with both parties to find common ground. The ILWU has eight decades of grain export experience in the Northwest, and we look forward to the opportunity to develop a positive working relationship with EGT."


Recent actions by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are documented here:


And the current work of EGT Development (Export Grain Terminal, bringing US Grain to Asian markets is discussed here:


The Governor's press release was presented here:


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Oregon Union 23.Jan.2012 17:24

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

I hope that this means that the Oregon union that scabbed the Port of Longview will be totally out of Washington state.

once again... 24.Jan.2012 14:42

not gullible

once again PIMC deletes my comment.

I said in the 1st discussion comment that whoever wrote this, who says this tentative settlement averts a clash, etc, was a dumb point to even make. it's a strategy to end the clash, period. they always make tentative settlements to prevent this type of shit. it's the 1st thing they do. god dam.. born yesterday?

I think ...said the police 25.Jan.2012 10:04


{quote} "If there is a settlement, I think it's good for the community," Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said. "There's been too much tension and too much turmoil about this. If we can get it all resolved, everybody gets back to work and ... the community can heal over all the hard feelings. I think that will be good for everybody."

Read more:  link to tdn.com

Looks like there IS a settlement btwn EGT and ILWU now. 29.Jan.2012 10:05

reposting from The Daily news out of Longview WA