NOVEMBER 19, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Port of Bellingham’s 2015 budget keeps current property tax levyThe Port of Bellingham commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that maintains the current property tax levied by the port.

 

RAIL 

BNSF rail delivery problems hit utilitiesUtilities dependent on Western coal are fed up with BNSF railroad’s delivery problems, and they’re asking federal rail regulators to step in and force the company to improve service.

 

TRADE 

Carriers backtrack on West Coast port congestion surchargesAt least seven carriers have suspended newly announced port congestion surcharges on cargo heading from Asia to the U.S. West Coast, likely resulting from fierce importer pushback and U.S. regulatory scrutiny. 

Port slowdown affecting businesses in Yakima Valley Labor problems on the West Side are leaving a mark on businesses here in the Yakima Valley. Fruit warehouses can’t get their products on ships because of the ongoing labor dispute at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. 

Port labor slowdown hits hard locallySemi trucks filled with products from Eastern Washington sit idle on the west side as ships aren’t being off loaded.

 

UNIONS 

White House Says Ports, Workers Must Handle Labor DisputePresident Barack Obama is leaving it to ports and their workers to negotiate an agreement in a labor dispute on the West Coast, taking a different approach than predecessor George W. Bush.

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