Dockworkers at Northwest Ports Turn Down Latest Contract Offer
This could be a hit to the national economy especially if it expands to the entire west coast like dockworker strikes have previously done.
Officials at the Port of Lewiston are keeping a close watch on negotiations with dockworkers at four Pacific Northwest ports and, so far, the news is not good.
On Monday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that nearly 3,000 of its members had voted to reject a contract proposal that management called its "last, best and final offer." The contract covers six of the nine grain terminals operating in the Puget Sound and along the Columbia River that account for more than a quarter of all U.S. grain exports and nearly half of U.S. wheat exports, including many shipments from Idaho.