NLRB slams union for protests at Longview port

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A federal board is accusing a longshore union of unfair labor practices during protests at a new grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

The National Labor Relations Board says picketers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have physically and verbally assaulted people. The board wants the union to write a formal letter saying that it will not block rail shipments to the facility managed by EGT.

Members of ILWU Local 21 want EGT to use their workers, claiming they are entitled to the work through a contract with the Port of Longview and union jurisdiction. EGT has signed an agreement with another company, which is staffing the terminal with other workers.

An October hearing is scheduled on the matter.