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Longshore Union Negotiations Heating Up

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Negotiations between the local longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association may not be resolved by Sunday when the current contract expires. According to The Oregonian, the consortium of grain exporters hopes to model the new contract on the one between longshoremen and grain terminal operators in Longview, Washington. That contract agreement came after a long fight that tied up grain exports during the busy harvest season this time last year. 

Do you work in the grain industry? Are you a member of the longshoremen’s union? How will the new contract affect you? 


  • Richard Read: Reporter covering international affairs for The Oregonian

Editor’s Note: This post has been changed to reflect the fact that the contract in question is between the longshore union and grain exporters.

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