Grain Labor Talks Continue With Mediator

By Jim McCoy Tue 11th December Newslabor disputeNorthwest grain
Pacific Northwest grain terminal companies and the longshore union have resumed contract talks in hopes of averting a lockout.A federal mediator joined the sides Tuesday and another session is scheduled for Wednesday. The Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association had given longshoremen until Dec. 8 to accept its final offer, but the deadline passed without a lockout. The association includes the owners of terminals in Portland, Vancouver, Wash., and the Puget Sound. The contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expired Sept. 30. Other Northwest terminals - based in the Washington cities of Longview and Kalama - operate under separate agreements with the ILWU. A quarter of all U.S. grain exports move through Northwest grain terminals. A work stoppage would affect farmers from as far away as the Midwest. Associated Press

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