Union, grain terminal operators end talks

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 23 at 12:13 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- 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 reports 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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