Longshore union leaders and Northwest grain terminal owners are continuing contract talks in hopes of averting a lockout at Portland and Puget Sound ports.
“Due to the sensitivity of this high-profile dispute and consistent with the agency's longstanding practice, we will not disclose either the location of the meeting or the content of the substantive negotiations that will take place,” [a news] release said.
Growers of wheat, corn and soybeans across the Northwest and Midwest hope that the talks produce an agreement that will keep grain moving. The terminals involved in the talks handle a quarter of the nation's grain exports.
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