Protesters storm EGT grain terminal in Washington state

CHICAGO Thu Sep 8, 2011 3:21pm EDT

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 500 protesting port workers stormed the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington, on Thursday and damaged railcars and other property, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said.

The incident came a day after several of Longshoremen were arrested after blocking a train from arriving at the newly constructed facility owned by EGT, LLC, which is a joint venture of Bunge Ltd, ITOCHU International Inc and STX Pan Ocean Inc.

Early on Thursday, the protesters stormed the EGT facility, smashed guard shack windows, pushed a security vehicle into a ditch, cut brake lines on several rail cars and dumped grain from some cars onto the ground, Duscha said.

No one was injured and protesters disbursed before police arrived so no arrests were made, he said. Police were still assessing the damage.

The action was the latest in an increasingly tense dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents the protesting workers, and EGT.

The union said it had an agreement with the Port of Longview that required the hiring of workers from the local ILWU chapter to man the facility. EGT planned to hire workers from a different union.

"We fully support prosecution of this criminal behavior to the fullest extent under the law," EGT CEO Larry Clarke said. "Issues between EGT, the Port, and the ILWU should be resolved peacefully in a court of law."

ILWU spokesman Roy San Filippo said it was a "wildcat action" that was not sanctioned by the union.

(Reporting by Karl Plume)

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Comments (5)
shimloom wrote:
Typical union thugs acting like children who don’t get their way. These are not adults. This shows the intelligence level of union workers at their best. They should be held accountable for their actions and the unions fined or sued for activities like this.

Sep 08, 2011 4:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
triplehex wrote:
Time for “legal” state sanctioned installments of cheap, low paid, scab workers into the workforce to end. Let this ripple out into the rest of the country like the Boston Tea Party did in its day. Time to overthrow the all the little King Georges and little Hitlers and reclaim this country as a new union. Time for war.

Sep 08, 2011 7:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ronn214 wrote:
Shimloom, Ever take an IQ test where they ask you a question like. “Jimmy is a bad boy, Jimmy has Red hair, therefore all boys with red hair are bad? It seems to me you said yes. This is not a Union sanctioned action. These are “some” members in a Wildcat Action. So try & keep up, don’t lump all Union members with these people.

Sep 08, 2011 7:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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