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Second Pacific Northwest Grain Elevator Locks Out Union; Protestors Try to Block Ship at Kalama, WA

Date Posted: May 9, 2013

This article is reprinted from the USDA's May 9 Grain Transportation Report.

On Saturday, May 4, the Columbia Grain Elevator at the Port of Portland, OR, locked out International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) dockworkers, alleging workers were “purposefully slowing down operations.”

Columbia Grain is the second member of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association to lock out workers.

United Grain Corp locked out union employees at the Port of Vancouver, WA, in February due to an alleged sabotage of elevator equipment.

Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.

The grain ship that was blocked had loaded at United Grain in Vancouver and was headed to Kalama for more grain.

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

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