DOCKERS TAKE COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEAVEY TO CONAGRA

DOCKERS TAKE COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEAVEY TO CONAGRA

Longshoremen unhappy with the Peavey Co.'s decision to cut the size of grain loading crews at a Columbia River terminal passed out pamphlets calling for reforms at a shareholder's meeting for Peavey's parent corporation, ConAgra Inc.

The International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union said a delegation of its members attended the ConAgra stockholder's meeting in Omaha, Neb., last week to distribute the leaflets.The ILWU urged ConAgra executives to direct its Peavey subsidiary to negotiate new manning standards for its terminal in Kalama, Wash.

The ILWU traditionally used six men to load corn ships, but Peavey maintains that the job could be done by one. After the company and the union were unable to reach agreement, Peavey said it would pay no more than three longshoremen for the job.

The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board rejected an ILWU claim that the company had refused to negotiate on the issue. The ILWU local for Kalama intends to appeal.

Two ILWU local presidents - Paul Iddings of Local 21 and Don Holzman of Local 40 - are accompanying four union members on a trip to the Midwest to discuss ConAgra's record, union officials said. Following the meeting in Omaha, they planned to stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Grand Island, Neb.; and Kearney, Neb.