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Grays Harbor: ILWU Local 24 adds casual registrants

Forty-nine workers have been added to the local longshore casual list at the Port of Grays Harbor (PGH) to meet the labor needs of the port's expanding and increasingly diversified cargo base. For the first time ever, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) utilized its official card draw process to expand the list of eligible longshore workers in Grays Harbor's ILWU Local 24.

In 2015, longshore workers worked more than 156,000 hours handling cargoes at PGH marine terminals. With only 37 registered workers in Local 24, many of these jobs were filled by longshore workers from other areas.

"Our mission is to enhance trade and create jobs and it is important that our growth across the docks equate to economic opportunity for our local citizens," said Port Commission President Stan Pinnick. "The port has long advocated expanding the local longshore list, and we are excited to welcome these workers and get them to work at our terminals."

From the more than 500 cards submitted, 98 names chosen for the list, which will be used for future openings through June 2017. Entries were drawn randomly by a third party in an event open to the public and recorded on Dec. 4, 2015. According to the port, these positions have the potential to become full-time unionized longshore workers.

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