Union, grain terminal operators end contract talks

Union, grain terminal operators end contract talks
About 50 workers picket outside the main entrance to the Port of Vancouver, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Vancouver, Wash. The lockout of union dockworkers follows months of negotiations between the union and three of four operators of grain export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/The Columbian, Troy Wayrynen)
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Contract talks broke down Friday between representatives of union dockworkers and three Pacific Northwest grain terminal operators who returned to the bargaining table for the first time in months.

A bargaining session previously scheduled for Saturday was cancelled.

The Columbian reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday proposed a contract based on one ratified by TEMCO grain operators and union locals in Tacoma, Kalama and Portland.

Representatives of three grain-terminal operators - United Grain Corp., Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities - rejected the union proposal.

The bargaining session was the first since last December.