ILWU reaches settlement in Longview labor dispute
Monday, January 23, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A Longshore union says it has reached a temporary settlement to end a months-long labor dispute at the Port of Longview.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the company, EGT, did not immediately disclose details of the agreement Monday. The ILWU has been aggressively protesting the company since last year, when EGT decided to use a contractor that staffed a new grain terminal with workers from a different union.
Union protesters blocked trains and repeatedly faced arrest despite the warnings of a federal judge. The judge has fined the union more than $300,000 for the tactics.
ILWU President Robert McEllrath said in a statement Monday that the agreement is a win for the union, the company and the Longview community. He says they are looking forward to developing a positive working relationship with EGT.