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ILWU Ratifies Four-year Grain Contract

(Corianne Egan – JOC)

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with grain handlers in the Pacific Northwest, spelling the end to an embittered, two-year battle between the two parties and allowing the union to focus on still-unresolved coastwide container talks.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced that a tentative agreement had been reached on Aug. 12, and the ILWU has now ratified the contract with three large grain exporters: Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain Corporation and Columbia Grain. Just over 88 percent of the union voted in favor of the deal, which goes into effect immediately and will last until May 31, 2018. Read more here.