The 29 West Coast ports together handle a quarter of the country's international trade, or about $1 trillion a year, crucial to U.S. economy.
Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of corporate shipping giants, locked out 10,500 longshore workers today in 2002.
The tentative agreement may defuse a tense standoff as the Longview dockworkers wage a valiant battle to defend their jobs.
The arrests union officers and the wives and mothers of 10 longshoremen are seen by union members here as part of a major assault underway against this state's labor movement.
Hundreds of longshore workers marched on the port past security guards and then dumped grain after removing it from rail cars.
LONGVIEW, Wash. - Embattled dockworkers marched on their picket lines, Labor Day weekend, standing tall against EGT, the international grain consortium that seeks to break the union at their huge new grain terminal in the Port of Longview.
EGT, an international consortium in Longview, Wash., is privatizing a public dock, owned by the Port of Longview, and bringing in scab labor to bust the workers' local longshore union.
Rite Aid went to work almost immediately on developing an aggressive campaign to block the union organizing drive.