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Longshore Union Seeks Arbitration With Columbia Grain


There is a new disagreement between Pacific Northwest grain terminals and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of ILWU Local 40 contends that Columbia Grain, based at the Port of Portland, wrongfully stopped using union marine clerks. The suit asks a judge to order the company into arbitration with the union.

Hank Kaplan, an attorney for Local 40, said Wednesday that heading to court is the only way to get Columbia Grain to live up to its contract.

A Columbia Grain official did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

The lawsuit is unrelated to the ongoing lockout of longshoremen at the United Grain terminal in nearby Vancouver, Wash.

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