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Gov. Inslee weighs in on labor agreement

Gov. Jay Inslee recently voiced a positive opinion regarding news of the labor agreement reached last weekend between ILWU and UGC at the Port of Vancouver.

In his statement, Inslee said the agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Companies “…is outstanding news for grain growers across Washington, for our grain customers overseas, and for the hundreds of ILWU workers who will now be back on the job.”

The representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Companies reached a tentative labor agreement Aug. 11, which brought to an end an 18-month dispute.

“United Grain Company has been notified that state grain inspectors will resume inspections immediately,” Inslee said.

“I thank the Pacific Northwest Grain Companies and ILWU for coming back to the table in time to ensure export shipments will allow our growers to ship their world-class grain products in time for peak harvest,” he said.

“I also want to acknowledge the ongoing professionalism of state Agriculture Director Bud Hover and his state grain inspectors during these difficult times.

“Though this has been a challenging time for everyone involved, I’m proud of their hard work and commitment to serving our growers and supporting one of Washington’s top industries,” Inslee added.

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