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September 9th, 2011
Union Riots on Company

Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that's staffing a workforce of other union laborers.

Thursday's violence was first reported by Kelso radio station KLOG.

Police from several agencies in southwest Washington, the Washington State Patrol and Burlington Northern Santa Fe responded to the violence to secure the scene that followed a demonstration Wednesday.

"We're not surprised," Duscha said. "A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start."
Why has no one been arrested for this obviously terrorist activity? Can you imagine if a right-wing group perpetrated such violence? Not only would it be 24/7 news, the Justice Department, FBU and Homeland Security would be raiding the homes and businesses of anyone involved.

Instead, nobody is arrested. Unreal.

Meanwhile, union boss Trumka, who regularly visits the White House and flies on Air Force One, is an invited guest at Obama's so-called jobs speech tonight.
The list of business, labor, and political leaders includes GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt, AOL co-founder Steve Case, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Some advice for the folks at the Port of Longview: Arm yourselves and defend your property. It's quite obvious law enforcement has chosen sides, and they're not on yours.

It appears these animals are in violation of a restraining order.
A federal judge in Tacoma Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against the local longshore union that may clear the way for grain deliveries to the new $200 million EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

The order, which will be in effect for 10 days, prohibits union members from engaging in "unlawful ... picket line violence, threats and property damage, mass picketing and blocking of ingress and egress at the facility of EGT," U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton wrote. 

 


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