you can read it read here.
(cross-posted at my.fdl.com)
(LOL! Prolly no one will be interested in reading this. /s)
It's get-what-you-can-before-November time...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2012CONTACT: Jennifer Sargent, 503-703-2933 LONGVIEW, WA (January 27, 2012) — Today, the Port of Longview approved a settlement agreement with EGT and the ILWU settling unresolved legal issues between the parties. The Port also approved an amendment to its lease with EGT agreeing that EGT is no longer bound by the Port’s Working Agreement with ILWU Local 21. In exchange, EGT agreed that the ILWU/PMA Joint Dispatch Hall (Local 21) shall provide the labor for EGT’s facility at the Port of Longview, and agreed to a union card check procedure. If a majority of workers indicate their preference to be represented by ILWU Local 21 at the EGT facility, EGT and ILWU Local 21 expect to negotiate the details of a labor agreement for all landside and shipside operations.ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet said, “In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, ILWU Local 21’s rank and file approved the legal settlement agreement and the steps forward. Today’s developments are a positive signal that the relationship between ILWU Local 21 and EGT is moving in the right direction.”
"IMHO, this was a noble idea that lacked proper planning. Many of us were hoping it wasn’t going to be Kaiser Auditorium, which is in the midst of a massive construction site and surrounded by a chainlink fence. I think we need a lot more discipline to pull off such an action and hopefully we learned some lessons today. Which is not to say that OPD didn’t overreact; they always do. The Occupy Oakland Move-In group released a really stupid and provocative Open Letter to Mayor Quan, OPD and the City of Oakland a couple of days ago that said we “would make their lives miserable” if they interfered with our building takeover. It contained ridiculous threats like OO would blockade the airport. A lot of us were dismayed because the letter was so juvenile and took away from what could have been a serious message about unused buildings, homelessness, etc. That provocation pretty much guaranteed the response you are seeing from OPD tonight."
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