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Rough Justice for Longshoremen

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A U.S. District judge has found a Washington state ILWU local in contempt of court for defying a restraining order against further destruction to the Longview grain terminal at the Port of Tacoma. The union was fined $250,000 with the money to be divided between the terminal owner, local law enforcement, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company and the NLRB. The union called the damage assessment “rough justice” and plans to appeal.

Since the restraining order was issued, several longshoremen were arrested for blocking a train bound for the facility on September 7, and more than 500 port workers stormed the terminal the following day, damaging rail cars and other property. The grain terminal is

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Longshoremen Hand-Slapped

The NLRB filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the Longshoremen for their assault on the Port of Longview that we reported on Sept. 9th. Rather than pay for physical damages to the facility, and for grain dumped on the tracks from rail cars, the board has demanded the union write a letter saying it will not block rail shipments at the facility. Ouch!

Union Violence: Same Song, Different Verse

ILWU President Bob McEllrath was detained by police as longshore workers massed on railroad tracks to stop a shipment of grain to a non-ILWU terminal. Photo: Dawn DesBrisay.

Only a few days after Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa exhorted his followers to “take these son of a bitches out,” (referring to conservative politicians), the Longshoreman appeared to put legs to the rhetoric, only their target happened to be other union members!

On Thursday, hundreds of ILWU members invaded a new west coast grain terminal (in violation of a restraining order), pelting police officers with rocks and pepper spray, cutting brake lines, pushing a security vehicle into a ditch, and releasing about 10 tons of grain from rail hoppers onto the tracks. Ninteen members were arrested, including ILWU President Bob McEllrath. Over 500

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Union on Union Violence Shuts Down Port Terminal

EGT Development was forced to indefinitely shut down its new grain terminal at the Port of Longview, WA on Friday due to escalating union violence. A spokesman for EGT said the facility will remain closed until the company can insure its employees will be safe. 100 protestors from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 blocked the gates to the terminal on Friday. According to sheriff’s deputies, unidentified protesters surrounded an EGT employee’s vehicle, threatened to throw hot coffee in his face and knocked his hand away when he attempted to photograph them. The father of the local’s president was also arrested on two counts of malicious mischief as he was caught by surveillance cameras breaking the antenna off a passing car and throwing an

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