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Vancouver Terminal Owner Cites Sabotage, Expels Union

A grain terminal owner says it has uncovered sabotage by a Longshore leader and will lock out members of the union from its terminal in Vancouver.

United Grain Corp. said Wednesday it has fired the union leader, whom it described as a member of the bargaining team of Local 4 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union but did not name.

The union called the company’s allegations unfounded and a fabrication.

Late last year, the company was among Northwest terminal owners who declared an impasse and imposed a contract on many of the workers who handle a quarter of U.S. grain exports.

United Grain said in a statement that a private investigation turned up evidence of sabotage in December of conveyor and gear systems.

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