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Mar 5, 2013

Union files unfair labor charge over United Grain lockout

March 5 (Reuters) – The International Longshore and
Warehouse Union (ILWU) filed an unfair labor practice charge
against United Grain Corp (UGC) after its members were locked
out of the company’s Vancouver, Washington, grain export
terminal last week.

The charge was filed with the U.S. National Labor Relations
Board by ILWU Local 4 on Monday.

Feb 27, 2013

United Grain locks out union labor from U.S. PNW grain terminal

Feb 27 (Reuters) – United Grain Corp (UGC) on Wednesday
locked out union workers from its Port of Vancouver grain export
terminal in the U.S. Pacific Northwest after an investigation
unearthed evidence that a union leader sabotaged equipment
there, a spokesman for the grain company said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
disputed the charge and said the lockout was a response to the
union’s recent contract agreement with a competing grain

Feb 1, 2013

Mississippi River barge backup shrinks, oil cleanup continues

Feb 1 (Reuters) – Mississippi River barge traffic remained
congested on Friday near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where a barge
accident and oil spill shuttered the major shipping artery on
Sunday, but the backlog of boats was slowly declining.

The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the river on Wednesday to
one-way traffic through a 16-mile safety zone from river mile
marker 425 to 441, where the backlog of barges had ballooned to
more than 1,000.

Jan 30, 2013

Mississippi River barge backup tops 1,000 after oil spill

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – More than 1,000 barges were backed up on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Wednesday after a weekend barge accident and oil spill forced the closure of the major shipping artery, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

An 80,000-gallon tanker barge that struck a railroad bridge on Sunday continued to leak crude oil, but cleanup crews have deployed 2,800 feet of boom to contain the spill and airborne spotters have not detected any oil outside the containment area.

Jan 29, 2013

Rock clearing on drought-hit Mississippi River nears completion

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin removing riverbed rock obstructions from the Mississippi River near Grand Tower, Illinois, on Tuesday night in the final phase of a project aimed at keeping the drought-hit shipping artery open to barge traffic.

The river will be closed to navigation daily from midnight until noon between Grand Tower and Thebes, Illinois, 31 miles downriver, where the Corps has been blasting and removing rock pinnacles since mid-December, the Corps said on Tuesday.

Jan 28, 2013

More than 300 barges delayed by Mississippi River closure

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – More than 300 barges were awaiting passage through a closed section of the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Monday, a day after two tanker barges struck a railroad bridge and one leaked an unknown amount of oil into the river.

The river was closed between river mile markers 425 and 441 and a queue of 12 northbound vessels containing 142 barges and 12 southbound vessels containing 162 barges was waiting to pass on Monday morning, Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said.

Jan 23, 2013

Mississippi River barge traffic restored after lock repair

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – Commercial shipping traffic on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis was restored late on Tuesday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed emergency repairs to a lock gate damaged by a boat earlier in the day.

Army Corps spokesman Mike Petersen said on Wednesday that 15 barge tows containing 85 barges were waiting to pass through the lock at 9:30 a.m. CST (10.30 a.m. ET). He said a queue of 19 tows containing 142 barges had formed before the lock reopened at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Jan 22, 2013

Mississippi River traffic halted after vessel hits lock

By Karl Plume

(Reuters) – Commercial shipping traffic on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis was halted on Tuesday after a vessel collided with a gate at Lock 27 near Granite City, Illinois, the system’s busiest lock, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson said.

The accident occurred in the lock’s auxiliary chamber, which had been the only operational lock as the main chamber is closed for scheduled repairs until March.

Jan 10, 2013

Rains will help raise Mississippi River, ease shipper woes

Jan 10 (Reuters) – A storm moving up the Mississippi River
valley will help replenish the river, low in parts from drought,
and ease concerns that shipping could be halted along a shallow
stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois.

Shipping groups had warned as recently as last week of an
effective closure of the river along that busy stretch, through
which billions of dollars of grain, coal, fertilizer and other
commodities flow every year.

Jan 5, 2013

No deal on Illinois pension fix, talks to continue

CHICAGO, Jan 5 (Reuters) – A fix for Illinois’ public
pension crisis remained elusive on Saturday after a meeting
between Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and legislative leaders
failed to produce a deal.

State House of Representatives Speaker Michael Madigan, a
Democrat, said that it was still possible to reach a deal in
time to be voted on early next week by the Legislature.