Longshoremen plan to take to the water if northwest grain terminal owners decide to lock them out of their jobs, a U.S. Coast Guard official says.
Capt. Bruce Jones, commanding officer for Oregon and southern Washington, told The Oregonian ... that his agency has been meeting with representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The longshoremen said they intend to protest in boats on the Columbia and Willamette rivers if a lockout occurs.
"They told us that at this time if it does become a protest, they do intend to have boats on the water," Jones said. "They assured us they would not use their vessels to try to blockade the channel."Heaven forfend that the longshoremen would violate someone else's rights!