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by News on October 1, 2011

in State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

By Teresa Carson/Reuters

A federal judge ordered a longshoremen’s union on Friday to pay $250,000 in damages stemming from a long-simmering labor dispute at the Port of Longview in Washington state.

The local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been protesting for months against grain terminal operator EGT LLC’s use of workers from a different union to staff its new Longview grain terminal.

The ILWU maintains that only workers it represents can be hired at Longview under a larger agreement it has with the overall port, located in southwest Washington near the Columbia River, about 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

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