ILWU appeals fine over Sept. protests
On Sept. 30, Leighton imposed the $250,000 fine, which was about $42,000 less than EGT and the NLRB had requested. Above, Local 21 members stand outside the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice offering peaceful surrender on any warrants for the demonstration on Sept. 7. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay
In a filing last Monday, attorneys argued that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union should not be held in contempt for two incidents that took place at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview Sept. 7 and 8.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered Wednesday that the union can hold off paying the fine, pending appeal. The union must post a $250,000 bond within two weeks, Leighton said.
The U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear the appeal. A date has not been set.
On Sept. 30, Leighton imposed the $250,000 fine, which was about $42,000 less than EGT and the NLRB had requested. The fine covers damages at the EGT terminal and overtime costs for local law enforcment.
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