EGT responds to the granting of an injunction against the ILWU by a federal judge
Sep 09, 2011, Longview, WA — The Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, a federal court judge, granted a preliminary injunction that expands his earlier temporary restraining order (TRO) to include the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its locals. The injunction also reconfirms that the restraining order included trespassing and impeding rail or ship traffic anywhere destined to or from EGT's facility.
The injunction also ordered the union to notify all of its members, clients and officers of the terms of the preliminary injunction.
Judge Leighton scheduled a "Show Cause" hearing for Thursday, September 15, calling on the ILWU to demonstrate why they should not be held in civil contempt for violating the court’s prior temporary restraining order for their actions this week.
EGT, LLC issued the following statement which can be attributed to Larry Clarke, president and CEO of EGT.
“We are pleased by the court's ruling and appreciate the additional restrictions placed on the ILWU, given their recent criminal behavior. Any issues between EGT, the Port, and the ILWU should be resolved peacefully in a court of law. We look forward to continuing operations at the Longview terminal to bring the facility fully online for the benefit of Cowlitz County, local union workers, and American farmers seeking to deliver grain to export markets worldwide.”