December 2012 Archives

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Op-ed: Legislature Must Invest to Keep Washington State Competitive

By Eric Schinfeld and Sam Kaplan, December 30, 2012, Seattle Times As the Washington Legislature begins to look at how to close yet another budget gap, our elected officials are considering what investments and policy decisions will create the most jobs and grow our state’s economy. One thing is clear: We must invest in Washington state’s competitiveness in the global …

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Port Strike in Eastern U.S. Averted with 30-Day Contract Extension

By Ronald D. White, December 28, 2012, Los Angeles Times The labor contract covering more than 15,000 dockworkers at 14 Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast ports has been extended for 30 more days, heading off a strike that could have begun as early as Sunday. George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a government agency, said …

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Next Discussion of Shoreline Plan for Olympia Set for Late January

By Matt Batcheldor, December 21, 2012, The Olympian After three years of discussion, the end might be in sight for Olympia’s Shoreline Master Program. Another draft has been released and will be subject of a public hearing Jan. 22. The council is scheduled to adopt a plan Feb. 19, said Keith Stahley, city director of Community Planning and Development. The …

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Port of Olympia Boosts Director’s Salary to $141K

By Rolf Boone, December 27, 2012, The Olympian The Port of Olympia commission has approved a 3 percent pay raise for Executive Director Ed Galligan, boosting his annual salary to $141,032 from $136,924. The raise takes effect Tuesday, finance director Jeff Smith said. The three-member commission approved the raise at the last regular commission meeting of the year. Although the …

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Political Power’s Limits

December 27, 2012, Everett Herald Truth and conventional wisdom don’t always align. In the debate over coal trains, two narratives merit a closer review. One involves the nature and limits of political power. The other centers on the inviolable railroads that built the American West. Proponents of the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point have been vastly outnumbered at the …

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Port Signs New, More Lucrative Lease Extension for Grain Terminal

By John Gillie, December 20, 2012, The News Tribune A new lease approved by Port of Tacoma commissioners Thursday ensures the port’s nearly 40-year-old Schuster Parkway grain terminal will remain an active export facility until at least 2040. The lease approved Thursday afternoon also contains two five-year optional extensions that could lengthen the lease’s expiration until 2050. That lease, a …

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80 Tacoma Longshore Workers Get Boost into Regular Union Ranks

By John Gillie, December 25, 2012, The News Tribune Tacoma casual longshore workers who have worked long hours to handle a sudden and substantial increase in container business at the Port of Tacoma this year got some holiday cheer this week. Eighty of those workers will get promotions soon to the regular ranks of longshore union workers at the port. …

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Port Strike Could Hit Guam: East Coast Action May Overload West

By Cameron Miculka, December 26, 2012, Pacific Daily News A potential strike on the mainland’s East Coast ports could affect cargo shipments to Guam and other Pacific ports. The International Longshoremen’s Association — a union representing dockworkers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts — and the U.S. Maritime Alliance — a group of carriers and port employers — are currently …

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Possible East Coast Port Strike Could Help Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports

December 21, 2012, Long Beach Press- Telegram Unlike the recent clerical workers’ strike that shut down 10 of 14 local terminals, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles may see a slight uptick in cargo volumes if a strike occurs at East Coast ports. However, any impact will likely be minimal, said Sean Strawbridge, managing director of port operations …

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