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Protests Force Longview Grain Terminal To Close

July 22, 2011 5:11 p.m.

Union protests at the Port of Longview forced a grain terminal to shutdown temporarily Friday. The conflict between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and EGT Development also led to one arrest.


Police Begin Making Arrests After Longview Incidents

Sept. 13, 2011 9:52 p.m.

Police have started making arrests in connection with property damage and assaults last week at the Port of Longview. One Longshoreman faces four felony charges.


Cowlitz Sheriff Makes Arrests In Longview Port Labor Dispute

Sept. 13, 2011 2:01 p.m.

Police have started making arrests in connection with property damage and assaults last week at the Port of Longview. One Longshoreman faces four felony charges.

Business | Economy | local | Rural Economy Project

Protests Continue Over Longview Grain Terminal

Sept. 7, 2011 5:42 p.m.

Longshore union members, upset about a decision to build a new grain terminal in Longview, protested two times Wednesday by blocking trains delivering corn.

Business | Economy | local

Labor Dispute Slows Grain Export From Longview Port

Aug. 29, 2011 6 a.m.

One of the West Coast's most powerful trade unions is in a high-stakes fight over who runs a state-of-the-art grain terminal in southwest Washington. Allegations of "union busting" and "illegal activity" are at the heart of a conflict at the Port of Longview.

Business | News | Economy | local

800 Paper Mill Workers Go On Strike In Longview

Aug. 27, 2015 9:54 p.m.

About 800 union employees at the KapStone pulp and paper mill in Longview, Washington, went on strike Thursday.

Energy | News | local | Environment

Oil And More: Longview Energy Company Proposes Expansion

Aug. 29, 2015 2 a.m.

Documents reviewed by OPB Friday show an energy company expand its proposed oil refinery into the liquefied natural gas and crude oil business.

News | Politics

Longview Could Change Its Water Source To River — Again

June 10, 2015 6:53 p.m.

A citizens group in Longview, Washington narrowed down possible solutions for water problems in the city Tuesday evening.

Water | News | Politics

Longview Citizens Weigh Fixes For Water Problems

June 8, 2015 11:33 p.m.

A citizens group in Longview, Washington will meet Tuesday evening to talk about options for improving the city’s water.

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Union, Longview Paper Mill To Hold Final Bargaining Session

June 28, 2015 1 p.m.

Workers at the KapStone Pulp and Paper Mill in Longview, Washington are holding the final scheduled bargaining session with the company Monday.

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Our Town: Longview

Sept. 19, 2013 7:06 p.m.

For the next stop in the Our Town series, we visit the city of Longview, Washington.

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Fighting Over Grain

Sept. 9, 2011 4:25 p.m.

Hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday morning. They reportedly overpowered security guards, even holding some hostage for a short time, in order to sabotage rail cars, dumping loads of grain onto the ground. The day before, members of the union held two protests along the rail route. They gathered with picket signs in Vancouver in the morning, blocking a train carrying a large shipment of corn bound for the new grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Later in the day, after the train was allowed to go through, a smaller group of protesters stopped it in Longview. After several arrests, the train shipment made it to the port. These are just the latest battles in a long fight between the union and the company that owns the terminal. Protesters blocked another shipment earlier this summer and since then, EGT Development, which owns the grain terminal, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB challenged some of the union's other tactics in court and won a federal restraining order to keep them from blocking access to the port. It's unclear whether the Wednesday morning protest violated the restraining order, since it took place in Vancouver and not on port property. This longstanding dispute stems from EGT's stance that they're not bound by ILWU's contract with the Port of Longview to hire its members to staff the terminal. The ILWU claims it has a right to those jobs. After talks between EGT and ILWU broke down in January, the company hired a contractor to bring in workers from a different union: the International Union of Operating Engineers. The situation has garnered national interest and it's only going to get more heated, it seems, as harvest season ramps up on Washington's bumper crop of wheat.

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Longshore Union Negotiations Heating Up

Sept. 26, 2012 7:06 p.m.

Negotiations between the local longshore union and the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association may not be resolved by Sunday when the current contract expires. According to The Oregonian, the consortium of grain exporters hopes to model the new contract on the one between longshoremen and grain terminal operators in Longview, Washington. That contract agreement came after a long fight that tied up grain exports during the busy harvest season this time last year. 

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The Top Environmental Stories of 2011

Dec. 19, 2011 5:40 p.m.

 A lot of the biggest Northwest environmental stories surrounded energy issues.  Coal plants in Centralia, WA, and Boardman, OR both faced pressure to close their doors sooner than planned. Those closures come at the same time that Longview, WA and Bellingham, WA proposed coal export terminals to ship the resource to China. Idaho joined in on the national push toward "fracking" for natural gas. And the federal decision to postpone the Keystone XL oil pipeline has raised the question of whether we'll see more oil tankers in NW waters as companies look for other routes to carry oil to China. The national Solyndra controversy raised questions about the certainty of investments in the local renewable energy industry. The wind and hydroelectric industries tried to work out the kinks of how to deal with the times when too much energy gets generated by both sources. And the Japanese tsunami that led to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and cleanup has raised quesitons everywhere about the safety of nuclear energy.

Photos from Cassava

Sept. 19, 2013 6:31 p.m.

These are photos from Cassava, where we recorded Our Town: Longview.

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Report Highlights Economic Benefits Of Deeper Columbia

July 2, 2015 10:07 p.m.

A new report into the economic consequences of deepening the Columbia River to from 40 to 43 feet indicates a strong return on investment.

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Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

Jan. 26, 2015 8 a.m.

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

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The Enduring Popularity Of Retro Gaming

Oct. 24, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Last weekend's Portland Retro Gaming Expo showcased Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, of course. But it also featured new "homebrewed" games for decades-old systems.

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