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Tag: Port of Tacoma


PORT: Would Tacoma commissioners get salaries?

I appreciate your coverage of the Port of Tacoma alliance with the Seattle Port. I think it is important that citizens have
a voice. One day’s notice for a meeting in Federal Way early in the morning is not appropriate notice to citizens and probably represents the low turnout.

Second, I appreciate the concerns of Tacoma Port Commissioner Don Meyer (TNT, 5-13). Whether I agree with him or no, his questions are needed for citizens to understand what the alliance means to Tacoma and Pierce County.

In addition, Seattle port commissioners receive a salary, stipends, health care and per diems. They

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PORTS: Input obviously isn’t really being sought

Re: “Public to weigh in on Seaport plans” (TNT, 5-8).

I wish to thank our elected port commissioners for the opportunity to provide public input about the combining of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. But their lack of consideration for advance public notification continues to strengthen the belief that along with their illegal private meetings, they don’t want to hear what the taxpayers have to say.

The News Tribune’s article on Friday morning announced the meeting that same day. The commissioners are not really seeking input; they’re dictating what they are doing with public monies. They’ve decided that the agreement between the ports will occur

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EXPORTS: Invest more in ports and infrastructure

The good news about the ports of Seattle and Tacoma working together and Don Esterbrook’s recent comments about developing the capacity to deal with “megaships” (TNT, 4-1) reinforce that Washington state needs to act, and act soon, to enhance our export capacity or risk losing more jobs to Canada and other West Coast ports.

Investments in rail, roads, bridges and ports pay considerable dividends. Locally, completion of state Route 167 is a clear priority. A robust port system ensures long-term economic benefits by keeping Washington state competitive today and into the future.


PORT: There are two sides to this dispute

Re: “West Coast port crisis needs president’s intervention” (editorial, 2-13).

Any bargaining over contested points of view has two sides. The current dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is no different.

In the most current escalation, the employers are choosing not to use labor at whatever pace that labor performs. Not calling night shifts has nothing to do with fair negotiations, especially when “leaks” of various rates of pay, potential annual earnings and benefits are being tossed out into public discussion as a smoke screen. The PMA has chosen to not use labor

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PORT: TNT should be supporting dockworkers

Re: “West Coast port crisis needs president’s intervention” (editorial, 2-13).

The editorial board lays blame at the feet of West Coast dockworkers, but then claims to be agnostic on who is actually causing the problem. Let’s focus on supporting good jobs in our community, shall we?

At other times, The News Tribune trumpets that trade-related jobs are some of the best-paying in the state. Why? The reason is simple: The longshore workers stand up for themselves in a union, and so should everyone who believes in supporting our local economy.

Dockworkers do a hard and dangerous job that takes a physical

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PORT: Why haven’t legislators gotten involved?

Re: “Holidays, slowdown nearly shut down port” (TNT, 2-12).

The port dispute started Oct. 31. I called Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell Feb. 12 and asked why the slowdown at West Coast ports is allowed to continue and what are the senators currently doing about it?

The response from both offices was that the senator is aware of the problem and thus far has taken no action.

These politicians, our elected representatives, have not addressed an issue that is having devastating negative effects on the very people who elected them.

Eastern Washington farmers I talked to are furious and do not understand why

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PORT: Slowdown tactics not effective at home

In regards to the port slowdown (TNT, 2-5), I decided to try a similar negotiation tactic at home.

I told my wife that although she keeps the house spotless, tends to our children’s many needs, cooks gourmet meals, keeps the books, fulfills her . . . ahem . . . wifely duties and prevents our life from descending into chaos, I am simply not happy with this compensation package and will only be going to work three days a week and will no longer take out the trash and mow the lawn.

I had no idea it was this cold sleeping in the garage

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PORT: Performance data shouldn’t be combined

I read with dismay that the newly aligned ports of Seattle and Tacoma won’t be providing online access to their separate performance data. Rather, they will put up combined data (TNT, 1-22).

The last I knew, the Port of Tacoma was still a taxing district. I have a right to know how my local tax dollars are being spent. It’s great to combine data, but in this day and age, when data is so easily manipulated, there isn’t a good reason why I shouldn’t be able to access the separate data as well.

This kind of thinking by officials

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