Home Ag Sectors

ILWU president convicted of obstructing train

Published on September 30, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on September 30, 2012 9:10AM

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has been found guilty of obstructing a train during last year's labor dispute at a Longview, Wash., grain terminal.

The Daily News of Longview (http://is.gd/KhX2R6) reports jurors deliberated for about an hour and 40 minutes before finding Robert McEllrath guilty of the misdemeanor.

McEllrath told Cowlitz County Judge Robert Putka he had no regrets about leading his men and women against corporate greed.

The judge sentenced McEllrath to one day in jail and 89 days suspended, plus $543 in fines and court costs.

This was McEllrath's second trial on the charge. Jurors failed to reach a verdict at the first one.

The Oregonian reports that longshoremen walked out at the Port of Portland's container Terminal 6 after the verdict.


Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

Copyright 2012 The AP.


Share and Discuss


User Comments