A federal restraining order issued last week detailing death threats and assaults by Longshoremen, against non-union members, failed to keep Longshoremen away from the Port of Longview in Washington, which is hiring union members from other than the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Ignoring the order, 500 Longshoremen showed up at the Port, cut the brakes on train cars, dumped grain and broke down gates, held six guards hostage for a couple of hours, and “hundreds” threatened a lone police officer with baseball bats. Windows were broken and along with baseball bats, crowbars were used to hold the guards. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr’s call to take the sons-of-bitches out is in progress. Unbelievable that no arrests were made. Earlier in the week demonstrators tried to block an incoming train. Nineteen were arrested on Wednesday evening before this takeover of the Port.
Six guards were detained 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
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.
Meanwhile, the international union is investigating reports of a wildcat strike at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
“It appears the members have taken action on their own,” said ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees from union headquarters in San Francisco. “We’re trying to understand how many are involved and to what extent this apparent wildcat action has spread.”
This article from The Seattle Times says, today work is at a standstill at the Port of Longview. It took several police units to restore order. With threats against the police, but no arrests made, this episode shows how we coddle union members. Had it been you or I, we would be setting up bail today. And remember, this is only the “start.” Thanks to Frugal Cafe and Vicki McClure for the graphic