Dec 24 Workers at four U.S. Pacific Northwest
ports voted to reject a "final" contract offer from grain
shippers, their union said on Monday, setting the stage for a
Rich Austin, co-chairman of the negotiating committee for
the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said his union
remains "committed to reaching a fair agreement" and he called
for grain exporters to "return to the negotiating table."
Workers at the ports of Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Tacoma,
Washington; and Vancouver, Washington, voted 93.8 percent to 6.2
percent to reject the offer, the union said.
(Reporting by Julie Ingwersen, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis;
Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)