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ILWU: PNW Grain Companies Demand ‘750 Changes’

From the Journal of Commerce:

Pacific Northwest grain companies, in their final contract offer to longshoremen, are demanding “750 changes to a contract that’s made the industry successful for the past 80 years,” the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stated Friday in a release, and prospects for union approval do not look good.

The industry’s contract proposal covers six grain export terminals owned by Marubeni (Columbia Grain) in Portland, Mitsui (United Grain) in Vancouver, Louis Dreyfus Commodities (elevators in Seattle and Portland) and Cargill and CHS (Temco elevators in Tacoma and Portland).

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