Sanction Was Too Harsh, Union Tells 9th Circuit

By June Williams, Courthouse News Services

Longshoremen found in contempt for continuing a labor dispute urged the 9th Circuit to reduce a federal judge’s order of $250,000 in sanctions.

EGT Development exports grain from a terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash., and employs workers with International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 21.

The longshoreman objected in July 2011 when EGT assigned production and maintenance work at its facility to workers from then Operating Engineers 18 International Union, Local 701.

Local 21 partnered with Local 4 to protest this contract by blocking access to the facility, threatening the facility’s employees and destroying the company’s property, according to court documents.

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