JULY 29, 2014

AIRPORTS 

Seattle Airport Authority Raises Wages, But Short Of $15Hourly minimum wage for airfield support workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will raise to $11.22 in January 2015, and $13 in January 2017, after a final vote by the Port of Seattle Commission last Tuesday.

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

PNWU, Port of Grandview split $1M in development funds The Port of Grandview and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences received more than a $1 million boost Thursday from a local economic development board.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Environmental groups appeal decision on oil terminalPort of Vancouver ‘confident’ judge’s ruling will be upheld.

 

 

MISC

 Port of Kingston files lawsuit to evict Kingston Adventures –  The Port of Kingston filed an eviction lawsuit against Kingston Adventures owners Beth and Rob Brewster after the Brewsters refused to move their equipment from port property. 

In Our View: Inslee Action Goes Wrong The removal of protection for grain inspectors at the Port of Vancouver is the culmination of a well-intentioned idea gone wrong for Gov. Jay Inslee.

 

 

PEOPLE 

Director Pat Jones is leaving the Port of Moses Lake after three yearsPort of Moses Lake Executive Director Pat Jones is leaving at the end of August.

 

 

RAIL 

Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules plannedResponding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America’s towns and cities. 

Coal trains pose economic, traffic worries for Puget Sound region – It’s all about the trains. Again.

 

 

TRADE 

Oil trains crowd out grain shipments to NW portsAs oil trains hauling North Dakota crude delay rail transport of grain to Pacific Northwest ports, the prospect of growing fossil-fuel traffic has some fearing that such shipping disruptions will become a long-term problem impeding exports and the regional economy.

 

 

UNIONS 

United Grain facility halts operation, cites harassmentState grain inspectors refuse to enter building. 

Port of Poulsbo employees unionize, begin contract negotiation –  Port of Poulsbo employees have unionized and are in labor-contract negotiations with the port district. 

Despite lack of contract, ILWU talks have been remarkably smooth — so far – On Tuesday, as August begins, it will be a month since the expiration of the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and waterfront employers.

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