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Union conflict flares at Longview, Wash., terminal

AP reports:

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A conflict over Longshore jobs at a new grain terminal in Longview, Wash., flared Wednesday with the arrest of protesters blocking railroad tracks.

Several people were arrested for trespassing, said Cowlitz County sheriff's spokesman Grover Laseke. At least two people were treated after being hit with pepper spray.

A dozen officers in riot gear stood guard along the tracks as a grain train finally entered the terminal at the Port of Longview.

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Bill Wagner / AP

Law enforcement personnel wrestle ILWU Local 21 longshoreman Kelly Muller to the ground as they arrest protesters and try to clear the tracks so a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe grain train can pull in to the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. A dozen officers in riot gear stood guard along the tracks as a grain train finally entered the terminal. International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 President Dan Coffman says two Longshore officers and about 10 wives and mothers of Longshore workers were arrested.



Don Ryan / AP

Police in riot gear walk along railroad tracks to protect an incoming train carrying grain at the port facilities in Longview, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 21. A conflict over Longshore union jobs at the grain terminal is flaring up again with the arrest of protesters blocking the railroad tracks today.

Don Ryan / AP

Two unidentified longshoreman receive attention after being maced and detained at port facilities in Longview, Wash., Sept. 21.

Don Ryan / AP

Police in riot gear move to another location at the port facilities in Longview, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 21.