Port of Longview quiet but union dispute not over
Thursday, September 8, 2011
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Port of Longview is quiet Friday after a violent Longshore union action the day before that damaged property and a grain train at the EGT terminal.
Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha says there were no signs of union demonstrators, but he knows the International Longshore and Warehouse Union says the labor dispute is not over.
Meanwhile, Longshore workers are back on the job Friday in Seattle after a one-day wildcat walk-out in support of the Longview action.
A federal judge in Tacoma issued a preliminary injunction Thursday to restrict union activity at Longview because of the violence.
At least 500 Longshoremen stormed the gates, restrained private security guards and dumped grain. The ILWU insists that it control the grain terminal jobs that have been given to another union.