Pacific Northwest grain terminal companies have given the longshore union extra time to accept what they say is their final offer.
The owners of a half-dozen terminals along the Columbia River and on Puget Sound extended the deadline to Saturday, Dec. 8. The longshoremen had been asked to accept the deal by midnight Wednesday, but that deadline came and went.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the owners reiterated their need for workplace rules that are similar to what longshoremen agreed to at a competing grain terminal in Longview, Wash. The owners say the rules will ensure that workers provide “a full day’s work for a full day’s pay” and do not engage in illegal work stoppages.
In exchange, the owners say their proposal increases the wage and benefit package.