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Weyerhaeuser To Lay Off Longview Workers Over Congestion At West Coast Ports

Washington-based timber company Weyerhaeuser says it will lay off workers at its Longview mill.

The company plans to temporarily shut down and lay off workers at its liquid packaging facility, one of four operations at Weyerhaeuser’s Longview site.

The company didn’t specify how many workers will be affected, but more than 500 work at the facility.

Anthony Chavez, a spokesman for the company, said the West Coast labor dispute is affecting the company’s ability to ship its paper products.

“The majority of that product moves through the ports of Tacoma and Seattle and due to the current port congestion, we’re unable to get our products to our customers,” he said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are negotiating a new contract. Both sides have blamed one another for congestion at West coast ports.

A spokesperson for the ILWU said this week that the two sides aren’t that far apart.

Earlier this week, the two sides requested assistance from a federal mediator.