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Cowlitz County Asks Judge For Quicker Decision On Labor Dispute

AP | Sept. 28, 2011 1:17 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 10:56 a.m.

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Cowlitz County commissioners have asked a federal judge for a quicker decision in a sometimes violent labor dispute at the Port of Longview.

Commissioners wrote federal Judge Ronald Leighton Tuesday they fear the volatile situation could escalate into serious injury.

A lawsuit over the grain terminal contract is not scheduled for trial until April. Longshore union workers who claim the jobs have been demonstrating, blocking railroad tracks, and on Sept. 8 they overran security guards and damaged grain cars.

The Daily News reports the judge is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Friday and could issue an expedited ruling at that time.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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