FEBRUARY 18, 2016

AIRPORTS 

SeaTac workers file 14 lawsuits over $15 minimum wage

Daniel Demay, February 17, 2016, Seattle PI

Workers have filed class-action lawsuits against 14 employers in SeaTac, arguing that the companies have failed to pay the $15 minimum wage to employees since the law took effect in 2014.

Combined, the suits represent at least 1,500 workers now, but could wind up representing upwards of 5,000 workers as more come forward, said Duncan Turner of Badgley Mullins Turner, one of three firms representing workers, at a news conference Wednesday.

Read more here: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/Law-firms-bring-14-suits-allege-SeaTac-workers-6837590.php

 

 

BUDGET/FINANCES 

State drops revenue projections $78 million for current budget

February 17, 2016, KING 5 News

The state’s projected revenue collections have dropped $78 million for the current two-year budget, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.

Read more here: http://www.king5.com/story/news/politics/state/2016/02/17/state-drops-revenue-projections-78-million-current-budget/80508710/

 

 

CHANNEL DEEPING/DREDGING 

Horizon ship moves berth to allow for Whatcom Waterway dredging

Samantha Wholfeil, February 17, 2016, Bellingham Herald

The Horizon Fairbanks container ship that lives on Bellingham’s waterfront has been moved one berth so crews can clean historic contamination underneath.

The cleanup is part of dredging work to remove mercury-laden sediment from Whatcom Waterway. American Construction Company of Tacoma started dredging in August 2015.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article60860847.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Port Townsend commissioners plan on new director search

By Charlie Bermant, February 17, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Townsend commissioners intend to find a permanent replacement for retiring Port Director Larry Crockett themselves rather than hiring a search firm to fill the vacancy.

This means the hiring process must begin immediately to fill the position in time for Crockett’s June 1 retirement.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160218/NEWS/302189988/port-of-port-townsend-commissioners-plan-on-new-director-search

 

 

LAND USE 

Port of Olympia, state agency reach proposed agreement on real estate

Rolf Boone, February 17, 2016, The Olympian

Land occupied by a public plaza, a well-known restaurant and an office building has been at the center of a long-simmering dispute between the Port of Olympia and the state Department of Natural Resources.

But after years of discussion, the two sides have come to terms on a proposed settlement agreement, according to the port, subject to approval by the port commission and the state commissioner of public lands.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article60943627.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

TRADE 

China’s mega shipping group is now official

Greg Knowler, February 18, 2016, JOC.com

China Cosco Shipping Corporation was officially launched in Shanghai, bringing together the mainland’s two largest carriers and amassing a huge armada of container ships, bulk carriers and tankers that far out strip those of its rivals.

The combined fleet owned by the new carrier, a merger of China Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines, will be 832 vessels, almost three times those owned by Maersk Line and almost double their value at $21.9 billion, according to VesselValue.com.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/container-lines/cosco/china%E2%80%99s-mega-shipping-group-now-official_20160218.html

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