The International Transport Workers’ Federation has repeated its concerns, as well as its member unions’ concerns, regarding the lockout of International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers at the United Grain terminal in Washington’s Port of Vancouver in Washington and the Columbia Grain terminal in Oregon’s Port of Portland.
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, an affiliate of ITF’s Dockers’ Section, has been locked out of the United Grain terminal since Feb. 27, 2013, following contract disputes and charges that an ILWU officer who worked at the terminal had sabotaged equipment. The ITF has now laid out its views on the dispute in a formal complaint to Masami Iijima, president and CEO of Mitsui, which owns United Grain. The complaint condemns the actions of United Grain’s management and urges Mitsui to end the lockout.
The ITF is also making a formal complaint to Marubeni, which operates Columbia Grain and has locked out ILWU workers there since early May. Marubeni charged that the ILWU workers had been engaging in “inside game tactics,” including slowdowns, work-to-rule actions and making repeated requests to examine the same equipment.