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Longview Port Protests Turn Violent

by Staff
Portland Business Journal, September 10, 2011

Seattle Port Shut Down

(Don Ryan/Associated Press) Longshoremen in Longview, Wash., faced off with police in a rare showing of union militancy. Operations at four Washington ports -- Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes and Longview -- have ceased as International Longshore and Warehouse Union members members across the Puget Sound area orchestrated a broader walkout in response to contract arguments between the union and a Port of Longview terminal owner.

The Puget Sound Business Journal, citing KING 5 news, said about 500 ILWU members entered the Port of Longview at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, breaking out windows to the guardhouse and overpowering security guards, as well as cutting train brake lines and dumping grain.

It was the second-straight day of protests in a dispute over an attempt by Longview terminal operator EGT Development to use a different union than the ILWU at its new facility.

The dispute sparked protests at the other Washington ports. It was unclear when cargo movement would resume.

Port of Portland officials said they experienced no difficulties late Thursday.

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Longview Port Protests Turn Violent
Portland Business Journal, September 10, 2011

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