Millennium Bulk Terminals is pleased to receive the support of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 21 for our proposed coal export facility. The ILWU has represented workers at the Port of Longview and all West Coast ports since 1934.
Jake Whiteside, longshoreman and president of ILWU Local 21, said:
Our members live, work and play on the Columbia River, and we’ve considered all sides of the issue. We’ve worked up close with Millennium for the past two years, and we’re confident in the company’s commitment to be a high-road employer and a positive influence in our community. Our community has seen several employers occupy that site on prime industrial waterfront, and we’ve learned that it takes a good employer to put the interests of the community first. We have confidence in Millennium’s commitment to restore the site into a productive facility that will generate family-wage jobs and benefit the regional economy.
Four out of every ten jobs in our state are tied to international trade, and the ILWU plays a critical role in driving our import-export economy. Bulk commodities account for a significant piece of southwest Washington’s trade industry, and we rely on the longshore workers for timely and efficient delivery of goods to and from our ports.
Millennium enjoys a positive relationship with ILWU Local 21, and we appreciate their support as we move forward into the environmental review process. We are eager to begin creating more family-wage jobs for the local community.