Northwest Longshore Locals Approve Grain Contract

Aug 27, 2014

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have agreed to a contract with grain handling companies at Northwest ports. The vote concludes two years of bargaining, and lockouts at the ports of Vancouver and Portland, last more than a year.

ILW spokeswoman Jennifer Sargent says the nearly nine-to-one approval sends members back to work.

Sargent: "Longshore workers in the Northwest cast nearly 17-hundred votes in the past two weeks, and they voted 88-point-four percent in favor of the new agreement. Picket lines have ceased and longshoremen will be resuming their jobs on Wednesday."

Sargent wouldn't discuss details of the new contract with grain companies. She says lead negotiators aren't available - because they're back at the bargaining table. They're working on a West Coast-wide deal with cargo shippers covering 29 ports.

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