NLRB: Vancouver grain lockout unfair

Police at the Port of Vancouver, Wash., where union protesters blocked the entrance, preventing workers from getting in Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.

United Grain locked out longshoremen Feb. 27, 2013, after saying a member of the union bargaining team sabotaged company equipment.

NLRB regional director Ronald Hooks in Seattle says United Grain should have provided the union with a “timely, clear and complete offer” of what it needed to do to avoid to a lockout.

United Grain disputes the finding. An administrative law judge will hear the matter June 30.

Separately, Hooks said the longshoremen violated labor law by engaging in threats and violence early in the lockout. For example, he said, picketers threw rocks at a security officer and threatened to rape a manager’s daughter.

Last week, union protesters blocked the entrance to the Port of Vancouver, preventing workers from getting in. There were no arrests or reports of damage, however.

— KOIN 6 News contributed information to this report.