Union protesters twice block train to Longview
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Union protesters have blocked a train for a second time, preventing the shipment from reaching a grain terminal in Longview.
The train stopped just a couple hundred feet away from a large group of Longshore union mobilizers who had gathered Wednesday afternoon on the railroad tracks in Longview. The protesters had blocked the train from leaving Vancouver earlier in the day before allowing it to continue.
The blockade appeared to defy a temporary restraining order issued last week that prohibits the union from blocking entrance to the EGT facility in Longview. Law enforcement officers threatened arrest, leading the crowd to begin chanting in defiance.
Protestors believe they have the right to work in the new grain terminal. EGT has hired another company that is using other unionized laborers.