Union unrest
10:03 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Long history of Longshore labor unrest on West Coast

Union workers block railroad tracks in Longview, Wash., Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked a train carrying grain as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.
Associated Press

Port managers and workers up and down the west coast are closely watching the unrest in Longview, Wash. That’s where unionized longshoremen early Thursday morning stormed a port terminal and clashed with police.

If the unrest continues, this could be the first time west coast shipping is brought to a standstill in nearly 10 years.

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