Tag: labor unions
Via Facebook, we learn that Whatcom County labor organizations are planning a rally in support of SSA Marine’s Gateway Pacific Terminal project on the steps of City Hall an hour before the Monday, July 23 City Council meeting.
The International Association of Machinists local that represents most Alcoa Intalco Works employees is promoting the 6 p.m. Monday rally via its Facebook page, in response to a proposed City Council resolution that calls for extensive review of the proposed terminal’s on- and offsite impacts. That includes, among other things, the increase in rail traffic through Bellingham, and the health impacts from the trains.
The resolution also calls for a “programmatic” environmental study that would assess the total impact of all proposed coal terminals in the region.
The announcement of the labor rally on the Machinists’ page says that unions want the proposed Cherry Point terminal to get thorough environmental scrutiny, but the programmatic study is “NOT THE ANSWER!”
The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 210 Lottie St. The resolution is also scheduled for committee discussion during a committee meeting scheduled for 2:05 p.m.