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Episode: FJ034 - Grain Battle - Local Challenges Global Corporations


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The ILWU Grain Battle In The Pacific Northwest - Local Challenges Global Corporations

The ILWU faces a major attack in the Pacific Northwest with the successful introduction of scabs at Columbia Grain owned by Marubeni in Portland and United Grain owned by Mitsui in Vancouver, Washington. These bosses are spending millions on the security firm Gettier to operate non-union with the support of the police and Obama's Coast Guard. The ILWU has yet to mobilize their membership coastwise and the rest of the labor community to shut these operations down and the members are being targeted with the collusion of the police. ILWU Local 8 represents workers at Columbia Grain in Portland and ILWU Local 4 in Vancouver, Washington.


Strike supporters also talk about concession bargaining and how that has affected the health and safety conditions at the grain terminals and weakened the union hiring hall allowing management to pick and choose workers who will be anti-labor.


This successful operation of non-union ports for the first time since 1934 is a serious threat to the future of the ILWU and the victory in the west coast contract when it expires in 2014.

Tags:
ILWU, Scabs, Columbia Grain, Marubeni, Mitsui, Gettier, Coast Guard, Mobilize, Membership, Collusion, Police, Concession Bargaining, Health, Safety, Hiring Hall, Anti-Labor

Published on Jul 1, 2013
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