Columbia Grain has locked out dozens of longshore workers at their Portland facilities.
Longshore workers have been in dispute with a consortium of grain handling companies at several facilities around Western Oregon and Washington. Their contract expired last fall.
Columbia Grain says the decision was not made lightly. A spokeswoman for the company says workers engaged in slow-downs and other activities the company considered detrimental to production. The plant runs two shifts, with fifteen to twenty workers per shift.
The union disputes Columbia Grain’s account, saying the company wanted to lock out workers all along, and hire replacements under more favorable terms.
Longshoremen are still locked out in Vancouver as part of the same dispute. Operations at five other facilities in the consortium continue.