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Friday, March 01, 2013

United Grain's lockout of union members in Vancouver, Wash. got more tense as non-union employees began loading grain vessels.

Railroad union crews, honoring the picket line, halted engines outside the export terminal, where train-company managers took over to drive them into the plant. Non-union crews prepared to pilot specially hired tugboats, pushing grain vessels in and out of the terminal. Replacement workers, called scabs by picketers, stood by in motels to take over longshore work.

But Columbia River pilots, required by law to stick to their jobs, prepared to cross the lines, guiding giant vessels into port.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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