Portland longshore workers locked out


Columbia Grain Inc. locked out Portland longshore workers for obstructing exports by gaming the system.

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Columbia Grain Inc. locked out Portland longshore workers for obstructing exports by gaming the system.

The lockout, which began at 6 a.m. at Columbia’s Port of Portland grain elevator, compounds a similar action at United Grain Corp. in Vancouver, where dockworkers have been shut out since Feb. 27.

Columbia Grain accused members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of slowing operations at its terminal, where wheat, corn, soybeans and other U.S. commodities arrive by train and barge for loading on ships bound for Asia and beyond. On Saturday the company, owned by Japan’s Marubeni Corp., employed managers and temporary workers to load a vessel as union members picketed outside.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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