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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pacific Northwest grain shippers decided not to immediately lock dockworkers out after a deadline for a labor deal passed.

The owners had given the International Longshore and Warehouse Union until midnight Wednesday to accept what they describe as their “last, best and final” offer. But Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the owners, said there would be no midnight lockout. Instead, the owners will respond today to comments received from ILWU representatives about the offer.

“I don’t expect any job actions on either side in the near term,” he said.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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