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August 19, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Grain exports: Workers were locked out, not on strike

The Seattle Times’ negative editorial regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s intervention on the side of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s labor dispute with United Grain is incredibly slanted and biased [“Close call on grain exports offers a lesson,” Opinion, Aug. 13].

The editorial’s glib pass over of the fact workers were locked out, not on strike, while the ships kept being loaded and moved with state grain inspectors integral to this process would seem to put the state on the side of the shippers and not a neutral in the dispute.

I am also wary of the use of the adjective rowdy in “crossing a rowdy picket line” without description of what the implied behavior was. That is the definition of a smear.

Oddly, as reported in the editorial, a settlement was reached between the principals in just over a month after the governor intervened by withdrawal of police protection for the inspectors.

This latest anti-organized labor opinion from the editorial board coupled with repeated expounding on the economic impacts without regard for fairness and justice would have one think by The Time’s light the only purpose of government is economic.

John Arnold, Seattle

Comments | More in Exports | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Grain exports, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

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