Grain handlers reject longshore offer

Grain handlers reject longshore offer

Northwest grain terminal owners rejected a longshore union offer, saying it was uncompetitive.

Members of longshore union locals will vote Friday and Saturday on an earlier "last, best and final" offer by the employers' coalition. The union negotiating team unanimously recommends a vote "no," said Leal Sundet, an International Longshore and Warehouse Union coast committeeman who heads the team.

"The union is disappointed that the grain merchants apparently have rejected a very fair offer that equalizes the playing field on all points that matter," said Sundet, in a written statement issued Monday night. "Clearly the foreign-based grain merchants intend to risk the U.S. export market to try to break the union."