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Local leaders’ reaction to EGT deal? In a word, relief

From the Daily News:

As word spread of Monday’s tentative settlement between the local longshore union and the EGT grain terminal, a giant wave of relief flowed across the community.

“It’s absolutely a Christmas present in January,” George Raiter, chairman of the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners, said Monday afternoon.

The news also likely will cancel a large Occupy protest planned in Longview for whenever the first grain freighter arrived — but only if the local union accepts the settlement. Occupy members noted while the settlement is a good sign, there is no permanent contract yet.

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