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Originally published March 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM | Page modified March 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

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NLRB: Grain lockout unfair, picketers violent

The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.


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PORTLAND, Ore. —

The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.

United Grain locked out longshoremen Feb. 27, 2013, after saying a member of the union bargaining team sabotaged company equipment.

NLRB regional director Ronald Hooks in Seattle says United Grain should have provided the union with a "timely, clear and complete offer" of what it needed to do to avoid a lockout.

United Grain disputes the finding. An administrative law judge will hear the matter June 30.

Separately, Hooks said the longshoremen violated labor law by engaging in threats and violence early in the lockout. For example, he said, picketers threw rocks at a security officer and threatened to rape a manager's daughter.



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