ILWU Local 19 3440 East Marginal Way S., Seattle WA 98126 206-623.

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 28, 2O13
ILWU RAISES STAKES WITH PORT COMMISSION IN TUNNEL PROJECT LABOR DISPUTE

(Seattle, WA)--In

week two of the labor dispute and picketing at Seattle’s Deep Bore Tunnel Project, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 (ILWU) in Seattle officially put the Seattle Port Commission on notice about the Port’s role in prolonging the dispute. A letter sent today to the Port Commission states, “As you are well aware, [Seattle Tunnel Partners] has failed to honor the contract between TTI and STP, designating TTI the contractor to offload the TBM and preform barge operations... Adverse effects from the current and potential labor strife in the Port of Seattle will have negative impact on reputation, market share and potential growth [of the Port].” The letter makes reference to “dust and debris” entering the container portion of Terminal 46 several times, impacting container operations. The barge operation, the portion of the Tunnel Project under dispute, falls under a lease agreement between the Port and WSDOT that governs the geography of the operation. The lease mandates that both parties get involved in any kind of labor strife that could harm the interests of the Port. While the Seattle Tunnel Partners and ILWU local 19 remain at loggerheads over the maritime operation, WSDOT and the Port so far have not exercised their obligation to bring “swift” resolution to the conflict. On Monday, ILWU Local 19 released details of what they characterized as mismanagement of the project by STP and others, referencing public documents and an overreach of a non-applicable arbitration hearing in which the ILWU was not allowed to participate. “We are appealing to all people in positions to make decisions to help resolve this dispute, so that our people can be at work on the docks under hard won area standards for maritime,” says Cameron Williams, president of local 19. #####
Contact: Cameron Williams, (206) 375-6537 for statements/ interviews; John Persak (206) 291-5411,for documentation, and non interview questions Please note two attachments: Letter to Port of Seattle, ILWU Press Release dated 8/26/13

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