Union, grain terminal operators end contract talks

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.