Union, grain terminal operators end contract talks

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Contract talks broke down Friday between representatives of union dockworkers and three Pacific Northwest grain terminal operators who returned to the bargaining table for the first time in months.

A bargaining session previously scheduled for Saturday was cancelled.

The Columbian reported that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday proposed a contract based on one ratified by TEMCO grain operators and union locals in Tacoma, Kalama and Portland.

Representatives of three grain-terminal operators — United Grain Corp., Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities — rejected the union proposal.

The bargaining session was the first since last December.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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