Longshoremen Picket at United Grain Terminal in Vancouver, WA After Lockout
Date Posted: February 28, 2013
This article is reprinted from the USDA's Feb. 28 Grain Transportation Report.
At 8 a.m. February 27, the United Grain Corporation (UGC) locked out workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at its grain elevator in Vancouver, WA.
UGC alleges ILWU workers tampered with the grain handling equipment in December 2012, but the ILWU says the allegations are unfounded.
As a result, the local ILWU formed picket lines outside of the facility.
Grain continues to move through the terminal with replacement workers that have been on standby since December when the ILWU contract negotiations reached an impasse.
However, the ILWU had continued to work at the facility under the provisions of the new contract, which is currently in litigation.
UGC reported it plans to use the replacement workers indefinitely.
For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.