The head of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union was convicted of a misdemeanor Friday stemming from a protest staged last summer in the Port of Longview.
Robert McEllrath of San Francisco, international president, was found guilty of obstructing a train during last summer’s labor dispute in Washington state.
The jury decision followed a three-day trial in Cowlitz County Court.
Dockworkers in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex – as well as those in affiliated maritime unions throughout the nation – have been following the trial closely.
The judge sentenced him to serve one day in jail. He also must pay $543 in fines and court costs.
“I have no regrets for leading my men and women against corporate greed,” McEllrath, a San Francisco resident, told District Court Judge Robert Putka. “What’s happening in this country against the middle class is wrong, and I have no regrets.”