Top Labor, Business Leaders Endorse Gateway Pacific Terminal

SEATTLE--()--Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle today, prominent leaders of King County and state labor groups and the Association of Washington Business added their voices in support of the proposed $665 million bulk commodity export terminal proposed for the Cherry Point industrial area in Whatcom County.

Calling for a balanced and prompt environmental review, all four of the speakers said that the project should be held to Washington State’s high environmental standards but emphasized that the state as a whole needs to cooperate in the interest of more jobs and increased trade.

David Freiboth, Executive Secretary, M.L. King County Labor Council and a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council, noted that the state labor council has strongly backed the Gateway project. “The state labor council has for two consecutive years strongly endorsed the Gateway project. We call on our public officials to keep the scope of review focused on site-specific issues and to support the creation of these thousands of family-wage jobs.”

Brandon Housekeeper of the Association of Washington Business called on the permitting agencies to avoid giving in to delay tactics in the review process. “We can have good jobs and environmental safeguards. What we cannot do is allow opponents of this project to change the rules and create a precedent that could cripple our state’s economy,” he said.

Larry Brown, Aerospace Machinists, IAM Local 751, legislative director, said, “Washington is a trade state and whenever the state expands trade across the Pacific – especially export trade – it benefits all Washingtonians – including Boeing workers.”

Lee Newgent, Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, said, “The construction industry around our state, with few exceptions, is still on its knees. A major project like the Gateway terminal takes up a lot of slack and helps union workers all over the region. We know these projects can be done right and we call on the agencies to get on with the review.”

The Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a new, highly efficient shipping terminal to expand America’s exports of dry bulk commodities. Proposed by Seattle-based SSA Marine, the terminal will meet our state’s stringent environmental standards while providing a major boost to the region’s economy, creating at full capacity 4,400 jobs during the construction phase, and 1,250 permanent jobs and $140 million a year in economic benefits from operations. More information at www.gatewaypacificterminal.com.

Contact information for Gateway supporter media event

The following people made statements to the media at the Convention Center on 13 December 2012 in support of the Gateway Pacific Terminal. They are available for follow-up comments at:

David

     

Freiboth

      Executive Secretary, M.L. King County Labor Council         (206) 818-5222

Brandon

Housekeeper

Association of Washington Business (360) 870-2918

Larry

Brown

Aerospace Machinists, IAM Local 751 (206) 713-2437

Lee

Newgent

Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council (206) 441-0550
Gary Jensen Mayor, City of Ferndale (360) 685-2350
Scott Korthuis Mayor, City of Lynden (360) 354-1170
Ken Oplinger Blaine City Council Member and Pres./CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce (360) 734-1330
Leroy Rohde International Longshore and Warehousemen’s Union, Local 7 (360) 739-9706
Hugh Foulke Ferndale School Board Member (360) 312-0248

Contacts

SSA Marine
Bob Watters, 206-604-6288
Senior Vice President
or
Smith & Stark
Gary Smith, 206-972-8846

Release Summary

Top Labor, Business Leaders Endorse Gateway Pacific Terminal at the Seattle public scoping meeting, December 13, 2012

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Contacts

SSA Marine
Bob Watters, 206-604-6288
Senior Vice President
or
Smith & Stark
Gary Smith, 206-972-8846