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Pacific Northwest Exporters Face Labor Disruption Threats

Date Posted: November 21, 2012

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Nov. 21 Grain Transportation Report.

Exporters that use the Pacific Northwest port region—in particular, the Port of Portland—are facing the threat of labor disruptions due to prolonged contract negotiations and outstanding litigation.

Currently, there are three separate labor disputes in the region, all involving different locally-organized divisions of the International Longshore and Warehouses Union (ILWU).

The most imminent threat of strike is by the gate security guards at the Port of Portland, who are threating to strike Sunday, November 25, if an agreement for a new contract is not reached during meetings scheduled for Friday, November 23.

This strike could effectively close several terminals at the Port of Portland.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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