Portland Oregon Public Access program featuring an interview with Axcelle Bell, a member of the both the Occupy Portland EGT Working Group and the Occupy Portland Media Committee.|
The main issue of discussion is the Union struggle against the business practices of EGT at Longview Washington. After acquiring port facilities at this location, this multinational corporation, a subsidary of Bungee, broke contracts with the union which specified that they would continue hiring local union labor.
EGT acquired the facility to export grain arriving by train. Currently, silos are full, and a ship is expected at any time to move the grain. The Union and their supporters vow to block this shipment. Negotiations are currently underway to avert this, though as of now, no firm agreement has been reached.
To learn more or to participate in this struggle.
Besides this discussion, other topics include recent moves by the coal industry to bring coal to Oregon ports for export to Asia. Recently, Port of St. Helens Commissioners approved agreements with two companies wanting to export coal.
Also discussed are predatory practices by many multinational corporations who convince or force underdeveloped countries to adopt single crop agriculture for export, forcing the importation of many food items previously supplied by local agriculture. This destitutes the people, while creating large profits for the corporations.
Axcelle is extremely well informed and articulate about many issues. Program is a little under an hour in length.
Interview with Occupy Portland EGT Working Group