Dockworkers at four U.S. Pacific Northwest ports moved closer to a possible labor clash with grain shippers on Monday, as parties in a larger, separate dispute at 15 East and Gulf coast ports agreed to mediation ahead of strike deadline set for December 30.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced nearly 3,000 of its members had voted to reject a contract proposal that management called its "last, best and final" offer.
The proposed contract covers six of the nine grain terminals operating in Puget Sound and along the Columbia River that account for more than a quarter of all U.S. grain exports and nearly half of U.S. wheat exports.
The stalemate in contract talks in Oregon and Washington state and management's failure to win approval of its offer, fueled speculation that grain shippers might impose a lockout of union members in a bid to keep terminals operating with replacement workers.
Let's call these people what they are an that is scabs, plain and simple all they are is scabs. That is management which is putting that nice little title on them. Not much different than making these states the right to work for less states. Let us start using the terminology that is correct, in this case they are nothing but scabs.
terminals are foreign owned. They have already put up an army of scabs in Seattle hotels and have anchored grain barges manned by private gun thugs adjacent to the terminals. These are union busting tactics from the turn of the last century. WTF is going on here?