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Negotiation Impasse Continues Between Longshore Union and Pacific Northwest Grain Terminal Operators

Date Posted: March 28, 2013

This article is reprinted from the USDA's March 28 Grain Transportation Report.

On Friday, March 22, negotiations between three grain companies and the West Coast Longshore Union broke down, and the planned bargaining session for Saturday was canceled.

This was the first contract talk between the parties in 3 months.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union issued a statement on Friday attributing the break down in negotiation to the refusal by “the three foreign-based employers” to even discuss the agreement that the Union had with Temco, a U.S.-based company owned by CHS and Cargill, during earlier negotiations.

United Grain Corp., Columbia Grain, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and Temco are members of Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which were bargaining collectively with the Union until Temco defected to negotiate its own deal.

The spokesman for the three companies said they want contract parity with their competitors in Longview and Kalama.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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