Longshore union rejects call to close ports



LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is saying thanks but no thanks to a call from some Occupy protesters to shut down West Coast ports on Dec. 12.

Occupy Oakland passed a resolution last week calling for a “mass mobilization” in support of the union’s fight against the owners of a new grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash. The Daily News of Longview reports (http://bit.ly/rUQXSJ) that the union is already facing heavy court fines for vandalism and blocking trains to the port in September, and a federal judge warned the workers to stop violating their contract.

Union President Robert McEllarth says in a written statement that the union appreciates the support from Occupy protesters but hasn’t authorized any shutdown. He says only union members or their elected representatives can authorize such job actions.