Friday, October 19, 2012
PNW grain managers and ILWU to resume talks October 29
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and grain terminal handlers in the Pacific Northwest will continue negotiations at the end of the month. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will arbitrate.
ILWU Locals 4, 8, 19 and 23 will be involved in the talks.
PNW grain terminal managers, represented by the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, and the ILWU had announced on September 28 that talks would continue through mid October after their one-year contract expired on Sunday, September 30.
"Upon the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the parties have agreed to resume negotiations under our auspices on October 29, 2012," said George H. Cohen, director of FMCS. "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.
"In addition, the parties have agreed to an FMCS request that they refrain from any public comments regarding the status of negotiations conducted under our auspices."
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency that promotes labor-management cooperation.
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