Opinion: Why labor is backing expansion of Washington trade terminals

By Lee Newgent, July 30, 2015, The Olympian

Washington state is at an economic crossroads. With more than 94,000 new jobs created over the last year and unemployment holding around 6 percent, it is imperative we keep this positive momentum going.


As a proud leader of the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, I was pleased our statewide representatives passed a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal expansion project (GPT) at our state convention. Recent economic studies have concluded the GPT project will generate 4,400 full-time-equivalent jobs during two years of construction and 1,250 ongoing positions after construction is complete. These jobs are essential to our communities and members; the economic downturn hit us particularly hard resulting in unemployment rates of 30 percent to 40 percent for three-plus years.


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