Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute

Sep 7, 2011

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Hundreds of union protesters blocking a grain shipment in southwest Washington state rushed police officers who tried to make arrests and forced them to retreat.

Police tried to arrest a small number of the Longshore union activists on railroad tracks in Longview, but the crowd surged and kept the officers at bay. The police retreated about 150 feet, and no arrests appeared to have been made.

The demonstrators are protesting a decision by the owner of the EGT grain terminal to hire workers from a different union.