ILWU Local 4 and United Grain reach Tentative AgreementAug 122014
This is what Political Action is all about. The Lockout of Local 4 with United Grain went on for two years. I been preaching how important this is for local 9 to be involved with Politics.
My reasons for this is to strengthen our relationships with our fellow Union Brother and Sisters and we need to be unified as a group and recognized that we must support all ILWU members.
And as the saying goes and injury to one is and injury to all. I cannot stress enough how vital that is in order for us to be stronger in larger numbers.
It is the goal of Corporations to dismantle the unions and you can see with our government how much they support corporate needs and the war is on to destroy us.
There are Anti Union bills being proposed in large numbers in Olympia and a strong push to find the right candidates that will help this cause. At the bargaining table we are losing major battles with trying to get higher pay and good benefits packages for our fellow union brother and sisters and to maintain good cost of living jobs.
We must act and be engaged in order for us to be strong again in many areas and this is going to take time for local 9 considering the Position we were put in when I took over as business agent of this local.
The tentative agreement made national attention because of its intentions of United Grain to break the ILWU union. This is a victory to all ILWU unions and it sends a message to Washington that we will not bow down and we will fight for our members and this will only unify us to be stronger.
We now as ILWU members can share this moment for our fellow union brothers and sisters of local 4 going back to work so they can support there families and we can appreciate the battles that were fought that made us closer and realize what we accomplished and that I am very proud of.
I salute all ILWU members and the lessons learned from this Victory....
Statement from Gov. Inslee regarding news of labor agreement between ILWU and UGC
August 12, 2014
"Late last night representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Companies reached a tentative labor agreement that brings an 18-month dispute to a welcome close. This is outstanding news for grain growers across Washington, for our grain customers overseas, and for the hundreds of ILWU workers who will now be back on the job.
"United Grain Company has been notified that state grain inspectors will resume inspections immediately.
"I thank the Pacific Northwest Grain Companies and ILWU for coming back to the table in time to ensure export shipments will allow our growers to ship their world-class grain products in time for peak harvest. And I also want to acknowledge the ongoing professionalism of Agriculture Director Bud Hover and his state grain inspectors during these difficult times. Though this has been a challenging time for everyone involved, I'm proud of their hard work and commitment to serving our growers and supporting one of Washington's top industries."